Brent Tate is set for a long period away from the game as he will require surgery on a knee injury he picked up in Queensland’s loss to New South Wales at Stadium Australia last night.
Tate’s fifty-seventh minute tear of his anterior cruciate ligament injury will result in the thirty-two year old facing his fourth knee reconstruction. The injury occurred as he was running the ball out from Queensland’s half, Ryan Hoffman in completing the tackle twisted Tate’s leg.
“It’s definitely my ACL. I’m gutted,” Brent Tate told News Limited papers.
This could be the end of the road for Tate after twenty-three appearances for Queensland, twenty-one for Australia and 229 National Rugby League games in a career spanning fourteen seasons.
Willie Tonga looks set for a call-up to the Maroons squad after being on standby in an extended Queensland squad in the lead-up to Origin two.
In more bad news for Queensland and North Queensland, Matt Scott could miss game three with a suspected fractured cheekbone. The worse case scenario for Scott is that he will require a metal plate inserted in his face, that will certainly see him sidelined for an extended period.
The Scott and Tate injuries added to Queensland’s horror night as their eight year reign of State of Origin ended. Queensland now look towards the final game in Brisbane on July 9 to avoid a series whitewash.