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Out on a limb - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 04 May 2007 08:56:00 GMT
Critics calling for the end of City versus Country clashes were given a boost to their campaign last night after several key players sustained serious injuries.

Those added onto the casualty list now risk not being able to play for their NRL clubs this weekend.

Halfback Brett Kimmorley (Country) was the biggest casualty, getting knocked out while attempting to make a tackle on Ryan Hoffman in the 37th minute of play.

It’s understood the Cronulla captain remains hopeful of playing against the Warriors tomorrow night.

Despite being unable to return to the field, Kimmorley didn’t see his lack of game-time as hurting his Origin chances.

“It’s not like I played crap or made mistakes (note: like say an intercept pass). I got hurt and wasn’t able to play on.”

In a further disruption to the Gold Coast Titans season, five-eighth Preston Campbell suffered a suspected cruciate knee ligament.

Other players on the injury list included winger Josh Morris (hip flexor), second-rower Craig Fitzgibbon (cheekbone), forward Anthony Laffranchi (nose) and Jason King (ribs).

According to other media, it appears selectors are on the verge of sticking with incumbent NSW stars of the past such as Anthony Minichello and Craig Gower.

A strong crowd of 8,149 (similar to what the Newtown Jets pull in when they play at Henson Park) turned up last night to disappoint the players and the coaches.

GRL understands that many fans stayed home to watch classic Rugby League fights on YouTube.

City fans added further salt to Country's wounds by celebrating with a round of line-dancing on their way to nearby taverns.

City 12 (R Farah, R Hoffman tries; H El Masri 2 goals) Country 6 (A Quinn try; C Fitzgibbon goal) at BCU Stadium, Coffs Harbour. Referee: S Hayne Crowd: 8,149. Line Breaks: City 2-1 Penalties: Country 8-6 Tackles Missed: Country 29-21. GRL Game Grade: 4 out of 10 balls. - Read More, Here