NRL superstar Tom Trbojevic makes triumphant return from hamstring injury – but some footy fans question whether ‘Turbo’ should be a ‘professional diver’ after first half incident at 4 Pines Park
- Tom Trbojevic impressed on his NRL return for Manly
- ‘Turbo’ scored the first try in his team’s comfortable win
- Some footy fans felt fullback ‘milked’ contact in first half
- Incident saw Bulldogs halfback Kyle Flanagan sin-binned
- Sea Eagles won 31-6, hat-trick to captain Daly Cherry-Evans
NRL superstar Tom Trbojevic took just 17 minutes on Saturday to show footy fans he is back with a vengeance.
In his first game for the Sea Eagles since last May, the brilliant fullback crossed for his team’s first try against the Bulldogs at 4 Pines Park.
Trbojevic was then front and centre leading into halftime when Canterbury halfback Kyle Flanagan was harshly ruled to have impeded the 26-year-old as he chased a grubber kick.
The hosts capitalised moments later when Reuben Garrick crossed out wide to give Anthony Siebold’s men a 12-6 lead which they took into halftime.
Plenty of footy fans on social media felt ‘Turbo’ milked the contact with Flanagan, with Fox League commentator Michael Ennis labelling it an ‘outrageous decision.’
NRL superstar Tom Trbojevic celebrates scoring a try against the Bulldogs on his return for the Sea Eagles
It took the fullback just 17 minutes to show his class in Manly’s season opener on Saturday
The contest turned on its head when Canterbury halfback Kyle Flanagan was ruled to have impeded Trbojevic as he chased a grubber, with Fox League commentator Michael Ennis (pictured, right) labelling it an ‘outrageous decision’
‘What an absolute farce,’ one Bulldogs supporter declared, with another suggesting Trbojevic should be a ‘professional diver.’
A third went a step further, stating: ‘seems when you lay a hand on an NRL fan favourite it’s a sin bin.
‘When will the [NRL] bunker get fair dinkum with calling things correctly, Turbo over- ran that ball any day of the week.’
Trbojevic’s troublesome hamstring held up well in Manly’s comfortable 31-6 victory, as his recent stint in the US working with globally renowned conditioning specialist Bill Knowles in Philadelphia paying dividends.
The 2021 Dally M winner only played seven games in 2022, with a shoulder injury last May ending his campaign.
Trbojevic is confident the lessons he learnt in 20 sessions in the US under the watchful eye of Knowles will put his repeated injury woes behind him.