Printer Friendly

McNally's injury a real sickener.

HOPES DASHED: the pitch after suffering TALENTED scrum half Gregg McNally's hopes of securing a spot for tomorrow's pre-season trip to Castleford have been dashed through injury.

The 19-year-old had been looking to impress in the trial game in a bid to gain a place at The Jungle, when Giants head coach Nathan Brown will field all his senior Super League stars.

But former Whitehaven half-back McNally was immediately ruled out of contention yesterday when he suffered a badly broken nose during his side's heavy 48-6 defeat at Barrow.

McNally also suffered some damage to his jaw and could be sidelined for several weeks while the full extent of the injury is checked out.

The heavy blow happened on the stroke of half-time when the Giants were trailing just 14-6. Huddersfield's attack lost much of its momentum as soon as McNally was withdrawn, and the visitors' cause was also hampered when young forward Keiron Murphy was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury in the second half.

He was immediately taken to hospital for X-rays to assess the full extent of the damage, with staff coach Mick Slicker admitting both injuries knocked the youngsters out of their stride.

"It was pretty clear straight away there was no way Gregg could continue," said Slicker, who was in charge of the side for the day, with Reserve Team coach Paul Cook watching from the stands.

"As well as the broken nose, it looks like he might have a bit of other damage and he's also suffering from blurred vision. He wasn't too happy with life.

"And it looks as if it could be a lot worse for Keiron. It could be an ankle fracture, which will obviously keep him out for a while.

"Those injuries added to what was a difficult day."

Slicker's young side were always going to find it tough against a Barrow side widely regarded as the best outside Super League.

But even though the Giants were beaten 10 tries to one, the Huddersfield coach was far from critical over the way his young team performed.

"It was always going to be tough for a team with an average age of about 18 against a side filled with players who could cut the mustard in Super League," added Slicker, who felt Jacob Fairbank, Joe Parkinson and Jamie Cording all impressed.

"On top of that, it was bound to be hard for such a young side to back up against such an experienced physical side for a second week."

CAPTION(S):

* AGONY: Giants player Keiron Murphy can't hid the agony of his suspected broken ankle in the defeat at Barrow yesterday * HOPES DASHED: Huddersfield's Gregg McNally is helped off the pitch after suffering his injury against Barrow
COPYRIGHT 2010 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2010 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2010
Words:459
Previous Article:BACK-UPS IN HEAVY DEFEAT; Raiders rampage 10 tries.
Next Article:Fitzpatrick in dock after red card in friendly.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters