After losing 32-14 to the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday night, the bottom-placed Gold Coast Titans took a turn for the worse with an injury to hooker Aaron Booth.
In what provided a jarring vision of the replay, Booth’s knee fell at right angles beneath him as he tried to tackle Cooper Johns in Storm 5/8.
Not only is Booth’s game over, but if scans reveal the extent of his injury, it will definitely be over for the season.
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It was supposed to be his big night playing in the starting lineup with his former club, but it ended on a sour note for Booth.
Titans coach Justin Holbrook was emotional when he spoke about Booth’s injury during the postgame press conference.
“I feel sorry for Boosy,” said Holbrook.
“He’s been fighting really hard to get a shot this year and unfortunately it’s going to be really tough for him.
“It’s really bad for him.”
Booth dislocated his knee upon landing. He may also have a torn ACL, but scans provide more evidence.
“He did everything you could do,” said Holbrook.
“He dislocated it and did many other things.”
Sam McIntyre came off the bench and threw a punch out of the dummy half instead of Booth.
Regardless of the result, it was a reassuring performance by the giants who won three consecutive victories.
Greg Marjou, who was promoted after showing strong form with the Burleigh Bears, was a seamless fit as he returned to the Titans’ lineup.
Marjou ran 184 metres, ahead of only his side by captain Tino Faasamaleaoui at 185 metres.
AJ Brimson and Tana Boyd were solid in the second half, David Fifita built muscle on defense and Bo Farmer, Herman Ethes and Brian Kelly scored tries.
After a 16-point head start, the Titans showed a never-dead attitude, but bad luck derailed their progress every time they came within touching distance of the Storm.
“There are a lot of things I like, but not enough,” said Holbrook.
“We’re seeing similar things where just one person falls in there or they do something wrong and it hurts us.
“It’s unfortunate that it leads to a try.
“I feel like they’ve improved a lot and they’re a lot closer than the score would suggest, but results are results and that’s what soft tries have to stop.”
– NCA Newswire
first published as Aaron Booth suffers ‘bad’ knee injury in loss to Melbourne Storm
NRL News 2022: Storm vs. Titans score as Aaron Booth suffers severe knee injury
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