NRL rules out Suaalii due to head knock as Roosters sweat on Manu: Casualty Ward

The Roosters will be without star winger Joseph Suaalii for their semi-final against the Storm due to his failed HIA against the Sharks.

The NRL confirmed to AAP’s Scott Bailey that any player who fails a HIA is subject to stand-down, regardless of category.

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The Roosters copped a double blow with Joesph Suaalii ruled out of the game at halftime after failing a HIA and Joey Manu leaving the match in the second half with a hamstring injury.

Manu seemed to re-aggravate the injury in the second half. It was the same hamstring that kept him out of last week’s game against Souths.

“He’s playing one leg at the moment is Joey Manu. He’s not getting any better,” Dan Ginnane said on Fox League.

The NRL have ruled Joseph Suaalii out.Source: Getty Images

Matt Russell reported post-game that Manu was ‘visibly distressed’ in the sheds.

There was plenty of mystery surrounding Suaalii’s injury considering he was ruled out at the break and hadn’t shown any issue when leaving the ground after 40 minutes.

Russell later confirmed Suaalii had suffered from a “delayed concussion” and failed a HIA.

Russell would also relay that Sharks forward Tom Hazelton was sent to hospital after going off for a painful abdominal injury.


Ryan Papenhuyzen is expected to return early in 2024 after undergoing surgery on his ankle, Xavier Coates awaits the results of scans on Saturday afternoon with four other Storm players in some doubt for next week’s final after suffering head knocks.

There were two major blows for the Storm in their qualifying final loss to the Broncos with Papenhuyzen and Coates picking up ankle injuries.

The Storm released a statement on Papenhuyzen saying he had undergone surgery and would target a return to training in the new year, while Coates will await the results of scans on Saturday afternoon.

“Ryan Papenhuyzen, has this morning undergone surgery on a fractured right ankle suffered in Friday night’s loss to the Brisbane Broncos,” the Storm said in a statement.

Storm General Manager Football, Frank Ponissi, said it was huge loss for the side, but Papenhuyzen was maintaining a positive outlook.

“We’re obviously devastated for Ryan suffering another setback after spending a significant time away from the game after injuring his knee last year,” Ponissi said.

“He’s worked extremely hard to get back to the NRL over that time and left no stone unturned in his recovery.

“We know that he is the ultimate professional on and off the field and this is just another challenge that he will take on with both hands.

Xavier Coates suffered an ankle injury.Source: Getty Images

“His surgery went well this morning and, at this stage, we expect him to be back training in the new year but for now we’re focused on ensuring he is getting the right care.”

Ponissi said Xavier Coates will have scans later this afternoon on his injured ankle after returning to Melbourne with the team.

Ryan Papenhuyzen social media post from hospital.Source: Supplied

It was an unhappy night for the Storm, but made even worse by the brutal injuries suffered within three minutes of each other.

Coates fell awkwardly in a tackle and was visibly distressed as he clutched at his ankle. He was assisted off by a trainer with 11 minutes left on the clock.

Papenhuyzen then got his ankle caught in a tackle and stayed down also in visible pain.

The superstar fullback, who only just returned a fortnight ago from a shattered kneecap, was stretchered off in emotional scenes.

Fox League’s sideline reporter Jake Duke revealed the early diagnosis was a compound fracture.

Between those two injuries, the Storm also lost Trent Loiero and Marion Seve to head injury assessments, which ruled them out for the rest of the game.

Earlier in the game centre Young Tonumaipea was forced from the field after suffering a nasty gash on his forehead

The 31-year-old caught the boot of Reece Walsh whilst attempting to tackle the elusive fullback in ugly fashion.

He passed his HIA though and returned to the game.

The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio says Melbourne could be without six players next week from the team that lost to the Broncos.

“Xavier Coates has gone for scans on a potential syndesmosis ankle injury,” Riccio said on Triple M.

“He couldn’t walk.

“HIA issues for Marion Seve, Trent Loiero, Young Tonumaipea & Tom Eisenhuth. They’ll be assessed.”

That is huge news, Suaalii was one of their best in the first half, over 100 metres.

Manu has gone to the wing.

Read on for the latest NRL Casualty Ward.


Ryan Papenhuyzen (ankle) — 2024

Xavier Coates (ankle) — TBC

Marion Seve (head knock) — TBC

Young Tonumaipea (head knock) — TBC

Tom Eisenhuth (head knock) — TBC

Trent Loiero (head knock) — TBC

Joseph Suaalii (concussion) — finals week 3

Joey Manu (hamstring) — TBC

Tom Hazelton (abdominal) — TBC



Xavier Willison (leg) — TBC


Corey Horsburgh (suspension) — grand final

Josh Papalii (biceps) — season

Corey Harawira-Naera (seizure) — indefinite

Elijah Anderson (knee) — season


Ryan Sutton (neck) — season

Jake Averillo (knee) — season


Tom Hazelton (abdominal) — TBC

William Kennedy (hamstring) — season

Teig Wilton (knee) — season

Kade Dykes (knee) — season

Dale Finucane (biceps) — season


Brenko Lee (ankle) — season

Jeremy Marshall-King (shoulder) — season

Tom Gilbert (shoulder) — season

Robert Jennings (knee) — season


Sam Verrills (shoulder) — season

Tanah Boyd (shoulder) — season

Erin Clark (shoulder) — season

Beau Fermor (knee) — season

Jayden Campbell (knee) — season

Phil Sami (foot) — season

Isaac Liu (finger) — season


Taniela Paseka (knee) — season

Cooper Johns (biceps) — season

Josh Aloiai (shoulder) — season

Reuben Garrick (back) — season

Tom Trbojevic (pectoral) — season

Matt Lodge (knee) — season

Karl Lawton (shoulder) — season


Ryan Papenhuyzen (ankle) — 2024

Xavier Coates (ankle) — TBC

Marion Seve (head knock) — TBC

Young Tonumaipea (head knock) — TBC

Tom Eisenhuth (head knock) — TBC

Trent Loiero (head knock) — TBC

Jonah Pezet (hamstring) — finals

George Jennings (knee) — season

Dean Ieremia (knee) — season

Aaron Pene (ankle) — indefinite


Kalyn Ponga (shoulder) — finals week 1

Krystian Mapapalangi (shoulder) — season

Bailey Hodgson (shoulder) — season

Jayden Brailey (knee) — season


Jeremiah Nanai (shoulder) — finals

Valentine Holmes (suspension) — finals

Semi Valemai (knee) — finals

Tom Chester (knee) — season


Taylan May (knee) — season

Jarome Luai (shoulder) — finals week 3




Tyrell Fuimaono (hip) — season

Cody Ramsey (illness) — season

Jaydn Su’A (shoulder) — season

Jack Bird (shoulder) — season


Joseph Suaalii (concussion) — finals week 3

Joey Manu (hamstring) — TBC

Daniel Tupou (knee) — TBC

Naufahu Whyte (knee) — indefinite

Paul Momirovski (shoulder) — indefinite

Connor Watson (knee) — indefinite

Sitili Tupouniua (neck) — indefinite


Shaun Johnson (calf) — finals week two

Jazz Tevaga (hamstring) — finals week one

Tohu Harris (back) — finals week one

Luke Metcalf (hamstring) — season

Valingi Kepu (foot) — season

Ali Leiataua (hamstring) — season

Demeitric Sifakula (ACL) — season


Triston Reilly (knee) — season

Charlie Staines (hamstring) — season

Luke Brooks (calf) — season

Adam Doueihi (knee) — season

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