Melbourne and Parramatta are anxiously awaiting scan results on key playmakers Cameron Munster and Mitchell Moses respectively after a horror weekend of injuries across the NRL.
The Storm will be waiting on the outcome for star No.6 Munster who has so far been unable to have his injured knee assessed fully due to Melbourne’s travel.
Moses had scans on Sunday morning on his calf, the halfback having left Bankwest Stadium on Saturday on crutches during the ladder leaders’ golden-point win over Canberra.
While walking better the day after the match, medical staff won’t be able to determine what rehabilitation is needed until swelling subsides on the same muscle Moses had hurt during the game’s shutdown.
Initial fears for Munster are that he’ll be out of action for up to six weeks with the injury, picked up in the Storm’s drubbing of the Warriors.
They must find a new half to partner Jahrome Hughes for at least the short term, with hooker Cameron Smith a possible surprise option.
Munster has been the Storm’s best player this year, setting up five tries and busting 15 tackles in the five games since the competition’s restart.
The 25-year-old said he had been one of the real beneficiaries of having to live in the NRL’s bubble.
“I guess no pubs or alcohol or partying with teammates or stuff like that so I’m probably off the piss a lot now,” Munster said.
“I haven’t had a beer in probably six or seven weeks. I’ve been knuckling down to make sure I was fit coming back from the mini pre-season we had.
“I’m 90kg and I haven’t been that since probably 2016 so feeling really fit and lean and really sharp with my ball handling at the moment.
“I guess that’ll have to take a back seat for the next couple of weeks, unfortunately, but it is what it is.”
Munster, known previously as a party boy, said the change in lifestyle had also helped to improve his diet.
“I found that I’ve been more consistent now in games with my diet and having a balance off-field around alcohol,” Munster said.
“I guess it’s just finding a balance off-field.”
Moses and Munster’s injuries were two of several blows to the competition’s front-running teams in what could prove a crucial weekend of NRL.
Melbourne’s next opponents, the Sydney Roosters, lost Victor Radley and Sam Verrills to season-ending knee injuries, while Isaac Liu also broke a rib in their win over St George Illawarra.
Canberra lock Corey Horsburgh will require scans on a foot injury.
Canterbury also lost Will Hopoate to an ankle injury in Sunday night’s 34-6 loss to the Wests Tigers, leaving them last on the ladder below Brisbane.
The Broncos at least had some good news after their 30-12 loss to Gold Coast, with Matt Lodge some chance to face the Warriors on Saturday after limping off with a knee injury.
Manly felt the pain of their high-profile injuries, flogged 40-22 by Cronulla on Sunday in their first game without Tom Trbojevic and Dylan Walker.