Reynolds injured as rampant Roosters overpower Broncos

Joel Gould |

Angus Crichton’s two first half tries sent the Roosters toward their powerful win over Brisbane.
Angus Crichton’s two first half tries sent the Roosters toward their powerful win over Brisbane.

Brisbane captain Adam Reynolds has suffered a ruptured biceps as the Sydney Roosters powered their way to a 40-18 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Reynolds left the field on Friday clutching his left arm in the 46th minute after tackling winger Fetalaiga Pauga.

The Broncos skipper faces at least three months on the sidelines in a huge blow for the club’s premiership chances.

Earlier, Broncos winger Jesse Arthars was taken to hospital with a broken jaw after a head clash with opposite number Dominic Young in the 19th minute.

“Adam has got a torn biceps. He will have surgery and will be out for an extended period I would have thought,” Broncos coach Kevin Walters said.

“Jesse Arthars has broken his jaw, so they are two long-term injuries.”

Jock Madden looms as the likely long-term replacement for Reynolds but he suffered a pec injury against Wests Tigers and Walters said it was a one to two-week injury.

Angus Crichton.
Angus Crichton’s two first half tries sent the Roosters toward their powerful win over Brisbane. (Jono Searle/AAP PHOTOS)

The Roosters led 18-6 at halftime on the back of rampant second-rower Angus Crichton’s two tries.

Brisbane hit back to level at 18-all with five-eighth Ezra Mam setting up a try and scoring one of his own.

Roosters skipper James Tedesco was superb throughout and orchestrated a try for prop Terrell May to regain the lead, with Brisbane winger Deine Mariner in the sin bin for a shoulder charge on Tedesco.

Lock Connor Watson crashed over, May notched his second and Tedesco sent Young over as the Broncos ran out of fuel and the Roosters roared home.

Brisbane scored first through forward Jordan Riki after a sublime short ball from five-eighth Ezra Mam.

The Roosters hit back with a cracking try of their own, with the athletic Young throwing a superb inside pass to centre Joey Manu.

Crichton, in a purple patch of form, was on fire for the visitors on the left edge.

He made a clean break early in the match and stormed over from close range to give the Roosters a 12-6 lead.

Jesse Arthars.
Jesse Arthars went to hospital in the first half with a broken jaw. (Jono Searle/AAP PHOTOS)

The 28-year-old, displaying the form that has led to 11 appearances for NSW, scored his second when he supported centre Joseph Sua’alii, who threw a superb around-the-corner pass to his powerhouse back-rower.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson said Crichton was in “a purple patch” of form and liked the way his side constructed the win.

“I thought our resilience was really good for the first half. Possession was against us, but we worked really hard and then I felt like the guys were running really well,” Robinson said.

“I really liked the balance between the hardness that we played with but then also the freedom.”

Crichton, off-contract and mulling a code switch to rugby union, reinforced why he is one of the most damaging ball running forwards in the game. 

The Roosters had lost premiership-winning stars Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (calf), Victor Radley (hamstring) and Daniel Tupou (knee) during the week but their depth came to the fore.

The Broncos were off their game in attack with fullback Reece Walsh making errors in the first half before showcasing his dazzling skills in the second.