Turtles win comes at a cost in Spring Cup
UNION: The opening home game for Turtles Brothers was not meant to end like this.
Playing at Brothers Sports Complex, the side defeated Isis 14-10 in a thrilling encounter.
But the win could have come at a huge cost down the line.
Turtles premiership player Mat Templeman, in his first game this season, was taken to hospital after suffering a knee injury during the first half.
The outcome doesn't look good.
"It looks to be a dislocated knee,” Turtles coach Luke McCloskey said.
"It could be as good as two weeks out or it could be as bad as the rest of the season.
"He'll go in for scans today to find out.”
The injury soured a big night out for the seven-time defending Spring Cup champions as they heralded a new era after aligning with Brothers Sports Club in the off-season.
"It was a great night out,” McCloskey said.
"The ground looked fantastic and a great crowd turned out.”
The Turtles said they were lucky to hold on after leading at half time against a rejuvenated Isis outfit.
Still winless in the competition, the Crushers were unable to score late in the game to win after being held up on the Turtles' line multiple times in the final stages.
"We were certainly far from our best out there,” McCloskey said.
"Isis to their credit outplayed us after half time and Tempo went off the ground.
"I was pleased the side were able to grind out the win in the end.”
McCloskey said the side's defence would now be the focus ahead of facing the Pythons this Friday night.