Jason Taumalolo dealt heavy harm blow with torn medial ligament

Scans have confirmed the worst attainable information for North Queensland Cowboys enforcer Jason Taumalolo, with the lock sustaining a Grade three medial ligament tear. The whole tear will go away one of many recreation’s greatest forwards on the sideline for a interval of between six and ten weeks. The harm occurred in the course of the first half of their conflict in opposition to the Broncos throughout Spherical 2, when Taumalolo’s knee was bent awkwardly underneath a deal with. Whereas Taumalolo, who ran for over 300 metres throughout Spherical 1 in opposition to the St George Illawarra Dragons, performed on for almost 20 minutes with heavy strapping on the left knee, he was introduced from the sphere and didn’t return within the second half. It was initially hoped the harm can be nothing greater than a minor MCL sprain with a return to play time of inside a month, nevertheless, scans have put it within the severe class of an entire tear. Whereas it’s not the top of his season, it should go away a big dent within the Cowboys, who had been visibly weaker after he went off with the harm in opposition to the Broncos. North Queensland went on to lose to Brisbane 29 factors to 10, with their forwards bullied by a visibly fired up Broncos pack all through the sport. There's a ray of hope he'll return sooner for the Cowboys although, given he missed simply three weeks in 2015 with a Grade 2 harm. Nevertheless, with six to 10 weeks the slated return time for the 25-year-old, there must be no expectation to see him on the sphere earlier than the Cowboys’ Spherical 9 recreation in opposition to the Rabbitohs. It may presumably be Spherical 13 earlier than he's again on the park. The restoration time ought to, nevertheless, go away 2016 Dally M Medal winner obtainable for the mid-season Check when Tonga tackle New Zealand in Auckland as a part of the newly created Oceania Cup between Spherical 14 and 15 of the NRL season.