Broncos, Blues suffer injury scare as Haas hobbles off

Broncos, Blues suffer injury scare as Haas hobbles off

The Brisbane Broncos have held off a fast-finishing Manly Sea Eagles outfit to triumph 13-12 on the opening night of Magic Round at Suncorp Stadium.

However, the victory was soured by a baffling injury scare to prop Payne Haas, who was helped from the field in the hands of the trainers after suffering a lower leg injury.

Haas initially struggled to put any pressure on his left leg as he headed to the sheds.

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“It looks like they are going to have to roll him off,” Billy Slater said in commentary for Nine. 

“He’s holding the middle part of his leg between his knee and his ankle.”

Nine’s sideline reporter Danika Mason later said Brisbane’s medical staff were perplexed by Haas’ injury as he had “lost power in his lower leg”.

It was later discovered that during a tackle, an opposing player’s knee was driven into the back of Haas’ leg hitting a nerve which caused the pain and loss of function.

“Once they could rectify the issue, he was fine,” Mason confirmed post-match.

Fortunately, Haas returned to the field 14 minutes later and played out the rest of the match with his leg strapped.

Any injury would have NSW Blues coach Michael Maguire sweating with Tom Trbojevic, Mitchell Moses, Nathan Cleary and Cameron Murray already set to miss Origin I with injury.

The Broncos are also battling a growing casualty ward with Adam Reynolds, Reece Walsh, Billy Walters and Jesse Arthars sidelined.

Second-rower Brendan Piakura opened the scoring for the Broncos in the sixth minute after being sent over by teammate Jock Madden.

In the 10th minute, Broncos prop Taniela Paseka was marched to the sin bin for a professional foul, but the disadvantage did little to slow the Broncos as centre Deine Mariner dived over in the corner to score.

At the main break, Brisbane led Manly 12-0. However, the Broncos’ advantage was quickly sliced in half.

Winger Reuben Garrick finally broke through for the Sea Eagles in the 50th minute — dancing past several Broncos defenders to score.

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With back-to-back tries and conversions, a stunning solo effort from Raymond Tuaimalo Vaega helped level the score with 11 minutes left to play.

Some lovely ball work from Tolutau Koula freed space down the sideline for Vaega, who toppled over Josiah Karapani to score.

In a grandstand finish, Sea Eagles winger Jaxson Paulo was penalised for a dangerous tackle allowing Madden to slot a field goal to secure the one-point win with four minutes remaining.

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