RTE Sport article AUCKLAND – The Hawks’ medical team are expected to take a closer look at the latest injury report from the Hawks and NRL, following a series of setbacks for the team on the back of a brutal two-week stint away from home against the Wests Tigers on Friday night.
The game was marred by a series from the back end when the Hawks fell behind at the final ruck point of the game before the final whistle, before a knee to the head of Joe Greenwood forced the Tigers into an early try.
With the team unable to return to the field until Saturday morning, they have been forced to play out the final game of the round against the Sea Eagles, with the two sides tied in the series lead.
It is understood the team are set to hold a meeting with the medical team tomorrow morning.
Rookie winger Josh Reynolds, who returned to the side in the win over the Tigers, suffered a fractured leg during the game and will be unavailable for the rest of the series.
“It’s a bit of a shock, I don’t know if we’ve got any more to play for, but I think the best thing to do is take it easy and we’re going to play as hard as we can,” Reynolds said after the game.
Luke Romano missed the game due to a calf injury and the other two injured players were rookie hooker Michael Hooper and rookie wing Michael Maguire.
Wing Matt Scott has also been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Hawks coach Michael Magugui said the injury report showed a “significant” injury to the wing who had struggled with his knee in the past.
“(Luke) Romano has been the problem, he’s got a lot of issues with his foot and ankle, he needs to get it fixed,” Magugiu said.
Matt Scott will not be available for the season.
Younger hooker Ben Barba, who was ruled out for the series after injuring his ankle in the Tigers win, is also out with an ankle injury.
He is expected to be back in the next two weeks, after being ruled out of the Titans game against the Broncos due to the same problem.
Scott’s injury, which will see him miss the rest, was the first major injury for the club since 2016.
He had been nursing a calf issue throughout the series, which is why he has been playing at centre.
At the start of the season, Scott was one of the key players for the Hawks, with his performances consistently leading to the club’s top-eight finish in the premiership table.
In 2016, Scott had been the first player to score a try in his first season in the NRL, having scored his first senior try against the Bulldogs in round seven.
But this year, the player has been a disappointment for the Kangaroos.
His inconsistency has been alarming, particularly in the last two weeks of the premierships, and Magugi has been left frustrated by the player.
Magugi was frustrated with Scott in 2016 when the veteran winger scored his second try in round nine and had his season come to an end after being called into the national squad to play in the Rugby League World Cup.
This time, he was left frustrated as Scott was ruled ineligible to play due to injury.
Scott’s calf injury is not the only injury for which the Kangaroo’s star hooker is struggling.
Ryan McGowan has also missed the last three games with a calf strain.
And, as mentioned earlier, Matt Scott’s injury is the only one of those players that will be sidelined for the entire season.
“I’m really disappointed with the way we’ve been playing, but we’re still a good side and we can get back in that winning ways, I just hope the doctors (around the team) give us the best chance to do that,” Maguiri said.
“We’ll be really disappointed if we don’t do that.”
HIGH-END AUSTRALIAN NRL player: Michael Maguga (St George Illawarra Dragons), Ben Barboza (Melbourne Storm), Michael Maguid (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Josh Reynolds (Warriors), Jack Edwards (North Queensland Cowboys), Josh Smith (Parramatta Eels), Ben Williams (North Melbourne), Ryan McGowan (Warrior), Anthony Milford (Manly Sea Eagles), Sam Williams (St James)Sydney Roosters star Luke Romano, who has been ruled-out for the last few weeks due to his calf injury, will miss the next few weeks with a knee injury.
He suffered the injury during the first quarter of the Warriors’ clash against the Panthers and has been placed on the sidelines for the next four weeks.
Luke Romato has been out of