Western Bulldogs ahead Cody Weightman made a miraculous return to the sphere simply minutes after dislocating his elbow in his facet’s three-goal win towards the Giants in Sydney.
Early within the third quarter, Weightman landed closely on his elbow after contact between himself, teammate Josh Schache and Giants defender Adam Kennedy.
He instantly clutched at his elbow and got here off the sphere, solely to emerge minutes later sporting some contemporary strapping tape.
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Fox Footy commentator Luke Darcy described the damage as “sickening”.
“That is onerous to observe,” he mentioned.
Weightman’s wasn’t the one damage in a carnage-filled evening at Giants Stadium, which noticed the Canines prevail 19.11 (125) to 16.9 (105).
Giants ruckman Matt Flynn was withdrawn earlier than the match with a quad damage.
Then halfway by the primary quarter, Bulldogs defender Taylor Duryea got here off the sphere with a knee damage.
Duryea was injured contesting a mark within the purpose sq. with teammate Ryan Gardner and Giants full-forward Toby Greene. As Duryea and Inexperienced got here down, Duryea’s leg was trapped beneath Greene, whose full body weight landed on his knee.
He was noticed after the match carrying a full knee brace.
Not lengthy after that, the Giants misplaced one other ruckman when Braydon Preuss limped off the bottom with an ankle damage, and James Peatling fought by a hamstring pressure.
Earlier than his damage, Weightman was having a blinder, having kicked 5 targets within the first quarter, together with three of the primary 4 for the Bulldogs. He is the primary Bulldog in a decade to have achieved the feat.
However he was overshadowed by Greene, who did every part he may to maintain the boys in orange and charcoal in contact.
Greene kicked seven majors, together with three within the first and two extra within the remaining quarter to maintain Giants followers’ hopes alive.
Having briefly trailed by a degree early within the third time period, the Bulldogs rallied to kick 5 unanswered targets to enter the ultimate break with a five-goal lead.
The deficit proved an excessive amount of for the Giants, who at the moment are 4 video games out of the eight, in thirteenth on proportion with Hawthorn and the Adelaide Crows.
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