NZ Warriors forward Ben Murdoch-Masila’s elbow was damaged and dropped

Ben Murdoch-Masila was taken to the hospital with a displaced elbow as the Warriors lost to Radcliffe against the Sharks, and blew off an early two-try lead to be easily defeated.

The incident marked a full 180 in the Warriors’ fortunes, as they were leading 12-0 before going 38-16.

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It was a tough season for Murdoch-Masila in the face of injury, having missed several weeks in April due to a hip-drop tackle by Brisbane’s Thomas Flaler.

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The 31-year-old is set for another long time on the sidelines, with confirmation coming in the second half of his new illness.

The injury occurred in the middle of the first half when he tried a tackle on Sharks fullback Will Kennedy and his hand got stuck in an awkward position.

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It came after Craig Fitzgerald tried the first eight quick-fire cronulas out of 24 missing points for the men.

Save for a glorious put-down in the corner of Dalin Watene-Zelezniak, there was little to be happy for the Warriors in the second half, who lost their first game under interim head coach Stacey Jones.

The Warriors have now lost six games in a row, their last win coming back in April, with a field goal against the Raiders.

It won’t be easy next week, as they welcome the Panthers on Saturday night.

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