Winning Blues struck with injuries, suspension

MICHAEL CARAYANNIS
Last updated 04:15 29/05/2014
Brett Morris
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PAINFUL TRY: Brett Morris screams in pain after dislocating his shoulder while diving to score in the first half.

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The Morris brothers and Anthony Watmough face an extended stint on the sideline after a decimated Blues team battled injury to overcome a fast finishing Queensland side while Josh Reynolds could be suspended for the second game.

Brett dislocated his shoulder, while Josh looks to have ruptured his poster anterior ligament. Watmough's injury could be the most severe with early reports suggesting he has a torn bicep which could end his season. All three are in doubt for game two, while five-eighth Reynolds will miss two games with an early guilty plea after being hit with a dangerous throw charge for a first half attack on Brent Tate. The Bulldogs have a bye this weekend, meaning he will miss round 13 and Origin two should he be suspended.

Brett's shoulder gave way in the 19th minute, as the Dragons flyer crossed for a try. It was feared Brett would have to be taken from the field, but he played on.

"It was pretty tough and it's pretty sore," Morris said. "I just dislocated it when I scored the try. It popped in and out and I was in a fair bit of pain, but I got through the half and got it needled.

"I've had this shoulder reconstructed. I've got to get it scanned on Thursday. I'll probably miss the weekend's game and I'll be doing everything I can to get it right, but we won't know the extent of the injury until we have scans.

"You just don't want to let the boys down. We have a very strong belief in this side we can beat Queensland. We don't carry wingers on the bench so I knew I had to stay out there. The adrenaline gets you through. It's very sore now."

His brother Josh also played on with the injury for at least 10 minutes, before he too was assisted from the field. Skipper Paul Gallen will have scans on an ongoing neck injury. Debutant halfback Trent Hodkinson busted his nose but isn't expected to miss any matches.

Queensland too aren't without their injury troubles, with Cooper Cronk breaking his arm while Cameron Smith struggled with an ankle injury.

Blues coach Laurie Daley dubbed the win as among the best in his time as a coach or player.

"We had guys busted that will miss footy but they battled on," Daley said. "With 20 minutes to go, our boys had nothing. We were busted.

"We had blokes that battled away that should have come off in the first half. They stayed out there because we needed them to. I hope everyone talks about that tomorrow. I know in the past it's always been the opposition they've spoken about. [You should] see what pain they put themselves through."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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