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Wolves players pay the price for championship hunt
WOLVES players paid a huge price in their attempts to be crowned champions at the weekend.
Bodies as well as dreams were left shattered at the final hooter.
Stefan Ratchford and Ben Harrison face going under the knife to fix bodies broken by a punishing Grand Final that was lost 30-16 to Wigan at Old Trafford.
Joel Monaghan has narrowly escaped plastic surgery on a torn ear, Simon Grix requires an operation, Richie Myler needs a scan on his ankle and Garreth Carvell will have to recouperate from a broken rib.
Boss Tony Smith has now revealed the full extent of the injuries that left Wolves with just one substitute for the last half an hour of Saturday’s crushing defeat, precipitating the largest comeback seen in Super League’s showpiece final.
While Ratchford is facing major surgery on the massive damage resulting from a challenge by Harrison Hansen in the 51st minute, the first blow was Joel Monaghan’s head clash with Pat Richards’ hip shortly before half time.
“Certainly the injury to Joel disrupted the momentum of the game for us and we were unable to cope with that,” said Smith, whose men were leading 16-2 at the time.
“Joel was discharged later that night, after he had scans and was cleared of any ongoing problems or concussion.
“It took him some time to come around and get his bearings on anything really.
“His ear was split and they originally thought they would have to do plastic surgery on it, but were luckily able to stitch it up without a plastic surgeon.”
The forced shuffle allowed Wigan in for the first six of their 28 unanswered points, and the situation got worse for Wolves when they lost both Harrison and England Knights selection Ratchford in the 51st minute.
“Stefan saw a consultant on Tuesday and is in need of an operation because his injury was quite severe,” said Smith.
“One ankle is seriously damaged and in need of surgery, the other is injured but can be rehabilitated.
“He is in a boot and is awaiting a date for surgery. He will be playing no part for England.”
Richie Myler is also unlikely to play for England Knights against Samoa next Saturday, having limped through Saturday’s game with an ankle problem.
But while Smith was having to deal with two important backs being unable to continue, he was also facing similar issues among his forwards.
“Ben Harrison took a knee to his pubic bone and as a result was in quite a lot of discomfort,” he said.
“He will get rehab for that, but he is also likely to undergo quite a major operation to rectify the abdominal issues he has had throughout the year.
“And also Garreth Carvell, when he was first replaced, got a pain-relief needle for a rib fracture.
“He played on with a broken rib after the jab, probably more than would have been ideal.
“By that time we had very little option to us on the bench. We only had one person to rotate in the final half hour, so he took the needle and went back out into the fray.”
Simon Grix is also awaiting an elbow operation, and along with Ben Westwood required stitches to a head wound immediately after the final.
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