South Sydney have claimed a 26-10 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs but a sickening dislocated knee cap to 23-year-old centre Braidon Burns has soured the victory.
While the Rabbitohs weren’t spectacular in victory, it was an important win with plenty of points up for grabs in coming weeks as Souths look to push for final contention.
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But the side could be without Burns for some time after he fell in to an ugly injury late in the game.
Running wide, Burns was tackled with the weight of Bulldogs centre Marcelo Montoya folding him over on his left knee, but twisting his leg and seemingly dislocating his knee.
The four-season veteran of the Rabbitohs even seemingly called for medical assistance straight away with trainers calling for the medicab.
Braidon Burns suffered an ugly injurySource:FOX SPORTS
It was an ugly moment with a long delay and something that no one wanted to see.
“It’s not nice is it,” Greg Alexander said on Fox League. “You see the damage done to the right knee.”
Burns was in good spirits as he was carted from the field but seemingly had the knee put back in, being helped onto the medicab in good signs for the young star.
The NRL Physio Twitter account also put the injury in context, with a best case of three to six week, but with significant tissue damage, it could require surgery and be season ending.
Braidon Burns off with suspected patella (kneecap) dislocation. Can see clear deformity, hopefully just dislocation and no patella tendon/knee ligament involvement. Best case: rehab & 3-6 weeks. If soft tissue damage significant & kneecap unstable: surgery & 3+ months pic.twitter.com/7zPjN0A5R0
The Bulldogs’ Adam Elliott was then hurt with a seeming shoulder injury with four minute remaining, tackling Tom Burgess and needing to be helped from the field.
Adam Elliott leaves with an injury as well.Source:FOX SPORTS
The Rabbitohs added to the pain of the injury with a long distance intercept try for Dane Gagai to wrap up the game with a minute remaining.
The Rabbitohs did what they needed to do to win but the Bulldogs have once again put in the effort but have been unable to come up with the goods.
The game was in the balance for much of the game with the score 8-6 to the Rabbitohs at the break but Souths were never headed despite the Bulldogs keeping the pressure on throughout.
Post-match, Souths’ Cody Walker said he knew the Bulldogs would continue to fight throughout and was pretty pleased with the effort.
But he also lamented the loss of Burns.
“Burnsy’s had a couple of years where he’s had a couple of injuries, very unfortunate but I honestly don’t know what the story is there,” he said. “But we’ve got a replacement in Jimmy the Jet who’s a handy replacement.”
On ABC Grandstand, the Bulldogs’ Aiden Tolman said the side put in another good effort but it wasn’t enough.
“I don‘t think you can fault our effort this season,” he said. “But unfortunately effort doesn’t always get you the win.”
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