Rabbitohs play waiting game on star Reynolds
SCANS could rule Auckland Nines player-of-the-tournament and Rabbitohs premiership player Adam Reynolds out of Saturday's annual Charity Shield clash with the Dragons.
Fearing he may have suffered another hamstring injury, Reynolds left the field seconds before teammate Matt King slid over for the golden try which secured the 2014 NRL premiers another trophy and a $370,000 winner's cheque at Eden Park.
If he has suffered a tear of any grading, it could also rule him out of South Sydney's World Club Challenge showdown with English Super League champions St Helens in north-west England on February 22.
While Reynolds left the field immediately after feeling a twinge, he is still likely to have scans to assess the risk of playing again this weekend.
Sitting on a plane for 24 hours to the UK with a hamstring injury would be a huge risk for coach Michael Maguire to take with his star playmaker, who was in magnificent form in the Nines, scoring tries and kicking a crucial 40-20 in the final.
Meanwhile, a Sharks official confirmed Fa'amanu Brown would have surgery for a torn ACL and could miss six months.
Thankfully the ankle injury suffered by Eels halfback Chris Sandow did not seem too serious, with the club more concerned about hooker Kaysa Pritchard who suffered a pectoral muscle injury in the first game of the tournament against Manly.
Another Eels recruit, former Roosters and Titans centre Brad Takairangi, will have scans after injuring his ankle, while fellow off-season Knights signing Carlos Tuimavave will also be assessed after joining the list of players with ankle injuries.
In other rugby league news, the NRL is understood to be investigating an incident involving Manly forward Willie Mason in Auckland on the weekend.
Mason travelled across from Sydney with the team but did not play in the tournament.
He was reportedly asked to leave an Auckland nightclub on Saturday night, but claimed he was simply having a disagreement with his brother Les.
Manly has been asked by the NRL's Integrity Unit to provide a full report on the incident.
Parramatta recruit Anthony Watmough, who still lives on the northern beaches, may also be asked for a please explain after taking to Twitter to express his outrage after streets in the area were cordoned off when four people scaled Prime Minister Tony Abbott's electorate office to protest against refugees in detention.
"I hope the police use rubber bullets on u!" the former Sea Eagle star tweeted yesterday.
He also had a few strong words for another Twitter user who disagreed with his comment.
"clowns protesting in many (manly) do u not Realise your stupid action are hurting other peoples business l hoped the police use rubber bullets on u!"