Possible season-ending injuries to hooker Matt Ballin and back-rower Jamie Buhrer could not have come at a worse time of year as Manly find themselves on the doorstep of another premiership push.
In some circles Ballin is regarded as the glue that has kept together one of the best teams of this era, and after fracturing his fibula against the Panthers last week will end his run of 182-straight NRL appearances.
If there could possibly be a consolation for the Sea Eagles after both first and second-choice hookers went down last week, it is that 20 year-old prospect and former Cowboy Jayden Hodges gets the shot of a lifetime to prove his worth at the top grade.
Young gun handed big chance against Cowboys
September 03, 2014 4:42PM
SEA Eagles players yesterday threw their support behind rookie Jayden Hodges, confident he can do a job with Matt Ballin unlikely to play again this year.
The hooker featured in 182 consecutive games for Manly but fractured his fibula in last Sunday’s win over Penrith.
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