Why, why, why are two of our competitors playing a trial match at one of our home grounds? Surely they could be playing this at Belmore or somewhere else except on our turf.
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Cherrington rocked by new injury blow
February 12, 2011 - 8:09PM
Luckless Sydney Roosters forward Anthony Cherrington has suffered another season-ending knee injury in Canterbury’s 24-22 NRL trial victory at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.
Cherrington, who missed all of 2010 after suffering anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage to his right knee in a trial match against Parramatta, was stretchered off the field in the 75th minute with what appeared to be a similar injury to his left knee.
Cherrington will undergo scans on Sunday morning to confirm what he believes he already knows.
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“It’s definitely (hard to accept) because I’m starting a family this year and I was looking forward to starting a good career in football because I’ve been a bit shonky for the last two or three years,” the 22-year-old said after the match.
"I was hoping that this year the Gods might let me have a little bit of something, but it hasn’t and that’s life basically.
“I’m pretty gutted, but that’s life … It happens in football so we’ll get the surgery done and look forward to the next eight months of training.”
Roosters doctor John Orchard said the club had considered taking Cherrington off late in the game before he suffered the injury.
“Unfortunately this is just football but it’s a bit of a tragedy because he copped a cork to his right (knee) and we were debating either to take him off but he said ‘I need to get back out there and get more footy’,” Orchard said.
Cherrington’s injury was the bleak end to a game that was marred by poor ball security and a glut of penalties for incorrect play-the-balls.
The Roosters had the early running when Braith Anasta threw a short pass to centre Willie Mataka who scored in the 13th minute, before the Bulldogs took control through tries to Jonathan Wright and Josh Reynolds which gave them a 12-4 buffer.
The Roosters should have closed the gap before half-time, but Mataka bombed a certain try after a 60-metre run when he ignored support players.
The Roosters started the second half the stronger, with Jake Friend and Sam Perrett scoring tries early to give the Roosters the lead.
With the third quarter winding down, Jack Littlejohn brought the crowd to life with a neat chip and regather, with Mataka throwing the final pass for a Justin Carney try, which the nuggety winger duly converted himself.
A Ben Roberts cross field kick in the 65th minute started the Bulldogs fightback.
Roberts kick was batted infield by Bryson Goodwin to Tim Lafai who scooted through to score, with Goodwin converting to make the score 22-18.
But it was Bulldogs’ halfback Reynolds who scored the decisive try, with his second in the 70th minute which was converted by Aidan Sezer from out wide for the victory…