Whilst the win will take some of the pressure off of coach Matthew Elliott’s shoulders, the Panthers have been dealt a crucial blow, with Luke Walsh going down injured in the Panthers 36-10 win over the Canberra Raiders.
The injury happened in the 76th minute, when Walsh was attempting to tackle Raiders winger, Blake Ferguson – with Walsh’s shoulder being the cause of the pain.
It was a previous shoulder complaint that had Walsh ruled out of last weeks clash, so a potentially serious shoulder injury is what the Panthers are hoping is not the case.
In what was without a doubt, the Panthers best home performance to date – they were simply far too strong for the Raiders outfit, who seem to be off the pace in recent weeks.
What seems to be the key problem, at this stage for the Raiders, is that their new signings are not gelling as well together as fans would have expected, with Ferguson, White and Orford in particular, all having trouble adapting to the change.
With Dugan out for an indefinite period of time, it was makeshift fullback Blake Ferguson that seemed to be having all the troubles in the world, as he made 3 errors in the first 12 minutes of the game.
Another sour note for the Panthers is NZ prop Sam McKendry placed on report for tripping.
Despite the injury however, Walsh says that it is all about nursing the injury over the course of the season.
“It’s probably going to be a week-to-week thing now with my shoulder,” he said.
“It’s something I’ve got to look after.
“I felt it early on in the second half and obviously that last hit there I just got the knock straight on it.
“(When I get a knock like that) it’s just dead, my arm can’t move.”
Despite Orford having yet another sub-par game, Raiders coach David Furner refuses to heap all the blame onto Ox, and will look at the tape to see areas that need drastic improvement.
“Let me have a look at the video and I’m not going to blame one person,” he said.
Despite the loss, Furner says that the Raiders are still full of fight, and have no intentions of hanging up the boots.
“We’re not dead and buried. I know that I don’t feel that way, nor do the players,” he said.
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