Scully out for a week after Folau clash


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    The repercussions from Israel Folau’s forgettable AFL practice match against Richmond have continued after Greater Western Sydney revealed his accidental head clash with Tom Scully will cost the young Giant a start in the club’s first competition fixture against Sydney on Saturday.

    Folau faces being rubbed out of the season-opener himself after twice being reported for rough conduct in the Giants’ hefty practice match loss to the Tigers at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Saturday.

    And things got no better for the star NRL recruit on Sunday when his club confirmed that the incident between Folau and Scully left the latter with a slight depressed fracture of his cheekbone.

    Young midfielder Scully, another of the Giants’ key recruits for their inaugural AFL season, is expected to miss one week.

    “While it is obviously disappointing for Tom not to be able to play in our first game, the prognosis from the medical staff was very positive and we look forward to him returning to the side for our round-two match against North Melbourne on April 8,” the Giants’ general manager of football operations, Graeme Allan said.

    Folau’s first charge was for a swinging tackle on Daniel Jackson just before halftime, while he was pinged again in the following quarter for an allegedly ill-timed spoil over midfielder Brett Deledio.

    Recruited with huge fanfare from rugby league, the loss of Folau would be a public relations disaster for the Giants should he be suspended.

    All tribunal cases from weekend matches will be heard on Monday.

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    • Roar Rookie

      March 19th 2012 @ 10:36am
      stam said | March 19th 2012 @ 10:36am | ! Report

      Is there any footage available from this match on the internets?

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2012 @ 10:59am
        The Cattery said | March 19th 2012 @ 10:59am | ! Report

        The game wasn’t televised. There were a few cameras at the ground, so the only hope is if one of these has caputured it by fluke.

    • March 19th 2012 @ 11:37am
      Jaceman said | March 19th 2012 @ 11:37am | ! Report

      There was nothing in the first Folau incident – they were jockeying for a position and because of his superior strength he just threw him to the ground. My NRL mate with me was amazed he was reported when he had seen stray elbows in the NRL go unpunished the week before (ask Des hasler)

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2012 @ 12:28pm
        The Cattery said | March 19th 2012 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

        I think that’s the one he is most likely to get off on, don’t really know too much about the other incident. With no video evidence and no record (obviously), I suspect Izzy will be free to play.

        But the bigger concern for the Giants is that Scully joins Brogan, Power and one other senior player whose name escapes, at a time when senior players with experience are in demand.

        The bookies probably have it right at giving the giants 85 pts in.

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