The Wests Tigers have made the stunning admission that they tried to ‘look after’ Greg Inglis as he battled through what turned out to be a season-ending knee injury last Friday night.
Tigers skipper Aaron Woods says he was surprised Inglis spent the majority of the match on the field despite unknowingly tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the eighth minute of the match at ANZ Stadium.
While the Tigers tried to target his wing when they had the ball, Woods admits his teammates didn’t want to attack the knee of the South Sydney 青岛商务模特 when he was vulnerable.
“We went at him in attack because he couldn’t move laterally – he couldn’t move at all. But when he had the ball we tried to look after him,” Woods said.
“You know when someone isn’t right. And it’s a dog act if you go in and rip at the knee. We knew he had done some damage to his knee, and a couple of times we tackled him we held him up high, and you could tell he was in a lot of pain.
Inglis still managed to score a try while hobbling on one leg, chasing down a kick from the scrum to score on the stroke of half time.
“When he scored that try I thought that was going to be the last I saw of him on the night,” Woods said.
“When he came out again in the second half, I couldn’t believe it. It’s their club who made the decision to send him back out there. You know how damaging and destructive Greg Inglis can be, and to see him limping and running on one leg, it didn’t look good for him. I would have been more happy to see him off the field.”
Tigers fullback James Tedesco was in sublime touch on Friday night, sending an ominous message the Panthers ahead of their round two clash on Sunday afternoon.
Bryce Cartwright’s horror week, which saw him struggle against the Dragons before having to deal with headlines over his private life, is set to 青岛私人伴游 continue when he squares off against the Tigers.
Cartwright and Te Maire Martin were vulnerable in defence against the Dragons, an area the Tigers and Tedesco will no doubt look to exploit.
“I went and watched the game and he was sensational,” Panthers coach Anthony Griffin said of Tedesco.
“He has started the year in great form. He is a real key for them obviously. He is great when it comes around the back on either side of the field. We got burnt the first time we played them last year three or four times. He is a real elite talent. He has blinding speed. If you’re a little bit disorganised … he is going to get you. “
Griffin said he was disappointed with his team’s performance against the Dragons, but was keen to write it off as a bad day in the office.
“In a 24 weeks season my experience is you are going to have a couple of bad days,” Griffin said.
“You never want to have them and you don’t accept them. It’s important how we respond to that now. You can over-analyse it and try to find too many answers. We will do a normal review of a game and see where we went wrong.
“We won’t over-react to it. You get rolled by the opposite and we were very disappointed in that happening on Saturday. By the same token it was probably the best game of football St George have put together in a couple of years.”
Meanwhile, Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire admitted the decision to leave Inglis on the field was wrong.
“Hindsight is a great thing and obviously we put our hand up and we didn’t get the call right,” Maguire told News Corp.
“Unfortunately it was the wrong call.”
“When I got to him at halftime and I spoke to the doc he was determined to 青岛桑拿 go back out and he thought it was going to be okay,” Maguire said.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t come across as any of us would have liked.
“Yes, we could have made a different call. But it just goes to show that he is a tough kid, and he wanted to do it for the club.”
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