The North Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm will both spend the next few days counting the cost of the trial match against each other with a number of players facing stints on the sidelines.
Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote was only on the field for 12 minutes before making his way to the bench with hamstring tightness.
Coote suffered a slight strain to the same hamstring a few weeks prior during training and his early night was said to be more of a precaution than anything else. Coote is expected to be right for Round 1.
Teammate Kane Linnett though could be facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering a pectoral injury.
Linnett came from the field midway through the second half and told sideline commentator Andy Raymond that “he felt something in his pec”.
Unfortunately very typical pec tear injury mechanism for Kane Linnett, as he came off said he "felt something in his pec". If it is torn would be surgery and 10+ weeks recovery, fingers crossed it's only minor #CamandJT #NRL pic.twitter.com/HiXjfw3cl3
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) February 23, 2018
The other major injury news comes for Melbourn Storm fullback Jahrome Hughes. Hughes suffered a dislocated his shoulder while diving an in goal kick.
Storm medical staff confirmed that Hughes’ shoulder had popped back into place but it will be a nervous wait for both player and team to see how long he’ll spend on the sidelines.