Casualty Ward: Murray out of series; Capewell says he’s OK
Thu 5 Nov 2020, 01:19 PM
NSW forward Cameron Murray is out of the rest of the Ampol State of Origin series after suffering a hamstring injury in the first half of the series opener in Adelaide.
The Rabbitohs star was ruled out of the match by half-time and coach Brad Fittler on Thursday said although the injury was not serious, he would not be available for the remaining two games.
Panthers forward Isaah Yeo, Storm veteran Dale Finucane and Eels lock Nathan Brown are the likely candidates to replace Murray in the squad for game two in Sydney next Wednesday.
Murray’s injury came after Blues captain Boyd Cordner left the field following a head knock, but Cordner returned to the field after passing a head injury assessment.
Earlier, Maroons centre Brenko Lee was ruled out of the match after limping off the Adelaide Oval during a late fitness test on Wednesday night.
Queensland finalised their 17 for the match with Kurt Capewell making his debut against NSW after initially being named in the reserves.
Capewell failed to finish the match after aggravating his groin injury while Maroons prop Christian Welch also had to be replaced in the closing stages after suffering a head knock.
Despite a shorter-than-usual seven-day turnaround between Origin fixtures, Capewell told NRL.com that he was confident he would be available for game two at ANZ Stadium.
The NRL match review committee announced on Thursday that there were no judiciary charges coming out of the match.
The NSW women’s squad have their own injury concerns ahead of the side’s clash against Queensland on November 13 with Kezie Apps and Isabelle Kelly racing the clock with respective leg injuries.
The pair have made the trip to the Sunshine Coast in preparation for the match despite Apps (medial ligament) and Kelly (syndesmosis) failing to finish the NRLW season with concerns.
“The knee is feeling good, I’m on track to play and am in good hands,” Apps said.
NSW utility Botille Vette-Welsh (hamstring) made a successful return for the Roosters in the NRLW grand final in a boost for the Blues.
Your club’s Casualty Ward: South Sydney Rabbitohs
James Roberts (pectoral, 2021)
Tom Amone (knee, 2021)
Braidon Burns (knee, 2021)
Latrell Mitchell (hamstring, 2021)
Taane Milne (knee, 2021)