Injury Update

Date published: Monday, August 22, 2011

WITH the start of play-off rugby only three weeks away, Roughyeds are hoping full-back Ben Heaton’s ankle injury is not as serious as it first looked.

A rising star at the age of 21, Heaton went down in agony under a tackle during the second half of our 48-34 win against South Wales Scorpions at the Whitebank Stadium.

The game was held up for a few minutes while he was examined by the club physio and doctor before he was led to the dug-out from where he watched the remainder of the action.

At the end of the game he left pitch-side with the aid of crutches before receiving the club’s man-of-the-match award in the social club.

[singlepic id=913 w=320 h=240 float=left]”It’s not broken, so that’s a big relief,” said Ben, “but I suppose it will be a few days before I get to know the full extent of the damage.

“It’s two weeks before we play again, at Workington, and the play-offs don’t start until the week after that so I have every chance of making it. I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed and hope it responds well to treatment.”

Assistant coach Martin Roden was in charge of training all last week because our head coach Tony Benson’s wife was ill in hospital.

Roden left himself out of the 17 that played against South Wales in order to supervise, with Danny Whitmore starting at hooker and John Clough recalled to the bench as his replacement.

Tony was present at the game, and in the dug-out, but Roden was in charge to complete the job he had started during the week.

Said Tony: “I wasn’t able to get to the club last week because of the circumstances, so Martin stepped up for me. It was only right that he remained in charge of the squad for the South Wales game.”

Roughyeds Reserves, who finished second in the Reserves Under-23s Championship, go to table-topping Widnes Vikings in the play-off on Saturday, September 10.

And don’t forget our game at Whitebank this Thursday evening (7.30pm kick off) when the up-and-coming boys of our under-18s Extended Scholarship scheme take on their equivalents from Leigh Centurions.