On the bright side, it could have been a lot worse.
The Sea Eagles have today confirmed that fullback Tom Trbojevic is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks, due to knee and ankle injuries suffered against the Broncos.
Scans today confirmed the presence of an ankle syndesmosis injury, as well as a sprained MCL. Both injuries are to his left leg.
The unfortunate accident has led to Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett campaigning for mid-air tackles from bouncing balls to be outlawed, apparently failing to acknowledge that:
- Had Trbojevic caught the ball on the full, he would have been protected;
- Having lost his protection by allowing the ball to bounce, it was his own choice to jump into the air unprotected; and
- When you change laws in a knee-jerk reaction to isolated incidents, you tend to cause unintended consequences that only make the game worse. (Does anyone want to watch a spate of players jumping at the last second to draw penalties when cleaning up a chip kick or grubber? And if you protect the defensive fullback from bouncing balls, surely attacking players deserve protection too, which would mean watching them safely land in the in-goal before you can attempt to prevent a try.)
Barrett would do well to realise that Trbojevic made two poor decisions that contributed to his own unfortunate injury, before stuffing around with the fabric of the game and ruining it for everybody else.