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