Reports: Michael Jennings potentially out for the season

It was the news that rocked Twitter to it’s very foundation. No, it wasn’t England losing once again in a World Cup, nor was it Katy Perry losing her eyebrows and resembling Uncle Leo:

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No. It was the news that the Sydney Roosters may be without centre and Grand Final hero Michael Jennings for the remainder of the season.

According to Rugby League Week’s The Mole:

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If true, the Roosters will be down one of their biggest strike weapons, a player who had formed part of the deadliest left-side attack in the competition. They are already without left-side second-rower Boyd Cordner, and Daniel Tupou also looked to have suffered a broken nose of sorts in the Origin win on Wednesday.

But Jennings? For the season? This flat-out sucks. He’s averaging 106 metres a game from 11.5 runs a match, with 2.42 tackle busts a game and a line break every two games. He also leads the first-choice outside backs in defensive efficiency: he’s making 8.05 tackles for every miss (SKD is next with 7.17, while Nene Macdonald makes nine per miss but has played just the two games).

If it’s true — reportedly, he’ll go for scans today — the Roosters are likely to shift Mitch Aubusson to the centres full-time and promote a Kane Evans or perhaps a Samisoni Langi to the bench. Or the Roosters may elect to promote Tautau Moga — who was rumoured to be on his way out — or perhaps even shift Nene to the centres.

Nene in particular is intriguing; he can bust a tackle and is versatile, having played fullback and five-eighth for the NYC team and wing in first grade.

But regardless, the Roosters have been dealt a cruel blow if this is indeed true, as they will be without a brilliant player, the only one who can score tries like this:

 

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2 responses to “Reports: Michael Jennings potentially out for the season

  1. That would suck alot. I think we can still go far without him provided his cover aims up but at the back end of the season when u need those magic moments (see above) there’s not many in the game that do it quite like MJ.
    That and his defence is superb, and the only way to cover that side of his game would be maubs, but then we’d miss the strike power of moga or nene coming in. Nothing we can do but trust in Trent.

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