GUNDAGAI winger Luke Ebneter’s most successful day for the Tigers turned sour yesterday when he suffered a suspected neck injury at Tumbarumba Showground.
Ebneter, who joined Gundagai from Queensland this year, scored three slashing tries before he was hurt in the 54th minute of the game.
Amid serious concern, Ebneter was transferred to hospital by ambulance for tests and treatment.
Gundagai captain-coach Cameron Woo last night was waiting for an update on Ebneter’s condition.
“I understand he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure,” Wood said.
“Obviously risks can’t be taken with a next injury.”
For Ebneter, the worrying neck problem came after he scored three tries as Gundagai thrashed Tumbarumba 48-18 yesterday.
Ebneter scored tries in the 10th and 32nd minutes as the Tigers swept to a 24-10 lead at half-time.
Again the winger struck for a try in the 43rd minute, only for his fortune’s to be soured minutes later.
Play was halted for 40 minutes as Ebneter was kept comfortable on the field and later transferred by ambulance to hospital.
“The game finished at five o’clock,” Woo said.
For Woo, yesterday’s dramatic success was not the perfect precursor to a massive showdown with Young at Anzac Park on Sunday.
The duel between the Tigers and Cherrypickers in the hills will decide which of the teams finishes third on the table – and secures a second chance in the finals.
Significantly, a loss for Young could have a savage impact, possibly sending the team crashing to fifth and into a Wagga elimination final clash with Kangaroos.
Woo, however, is not getting carried away with the Tigers last-season burst of form.
“They (Young) beat us pretty convincingly early in the season,” Woo said.
As the Tigers wait for news on Ebneter’s injury, Woo said centre Mat Rose and props Brett Eccleston and Trent Skeers would be available for the upcoming dice with Young.
“It’ll certainly be good to have some depth in the front row,” he said.
“This will be a tough game.”
Ebneter’s three-try haul made him an obvious choice as one of Gundagai’s best yesterday, but fullback Dane O’Hehir and hooker James Luff also won acclaim.
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