Star fullback's injury puts Thunder on edge

STAR fullback Ben Jeffery sent a huge scare through the Albury Thunder camp when he injured his shoulder in their 48-10 hiding of Wagga Kangaroos at Greenfield Park yesterday.

Jeffery went off in the opening minutes after being hurt making a try-saving tackle.

The former NRL player is expected to undergo scans today.

Coach Josh Cale said he was happy with the win, considering the Thunder lost Jeffery early and forward Andrew Cowhan before the match to illness.

Replacement fullback Tom Wishart also went off late with a leg injury.

“It was a pretty good win with all things considered,” Cale said.

“Our shape in attack and decision making was good.

“Benny will have to get checked out but hopefully it’s not too serious.

“It could be a hyper-extension or something like that.”

Soon after losing Jeffery, Thunder hit the scoreboard through Jon Huggett at the 10-minute mark, and when Cameron Breust, Daniel Jacobs and Willie Heta followed, the result was a forgone conclusion at 24-0 at half-time.

Kangaroos broke their scoring drought seven minutes into the second half when Troy Dumbrell crossed, but it only triggered a point-scoring blitz led by Breust and Heta.

Hard-hitters Jake Grace and Joe Silafu were prominent, along with Lachie Hampton and Lou Goodwin.

Kangaroos relied too heavily on captain Glenn Dumbrell, who surprisingly sat out about 10 minutes of the second half, and big forward Hayden Davis in the absence of coach Adam Hall and Jade Williams.

“I thought Cameron Breust was really good,” Cale said.

“He straightened up our attack really well.

“He and Gracey were fantastic on that left edge today.”

The Thunder travels to take on Junee this Saturday.

Young crushed Tumbarumba 34-4, Gundagai shut out Temora 44-0 and Brothers edged out Tumut 20-18.

Cootamundra had the bye.

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