Sheffield Eagles front-rower Steve Thorpe faces a long road to recovery after director of rugby Mark Aston confirmed the Australian had suffered a broken leg in the defeat to Widnes Vikings.
Thorpe left the field on a stretcher after an awkward descent in the tackle as the Eagles suffered a 48-12 defeat to their Super League opponents. After having his leg strapped in a 10 minute delay, Thorpe was taken to hospital with Aston confirming that the 25-year-old had suffered a break, and will miss the rest of the current campaign
“It is a broken leg; someone fell back on him and his leg gave way,” Aston confirmed to The Star.
“It is not good news, I feel for the lad, he has been great for us and all our thoughts are with him. We are hoping that we can get him sorted out and get him firmly back on the road to recovery.
“Obviously his season is over now which isn’t good because he has been outstanding for us. It was his left leg; we are hoping it is a clean break which will mean we can get him back as quick as possible.”
The result saw the Eagles record back-to-back defeats in a league format for the first time this season. After a good start they were steam rolled by a ruthless Widnes side inspired by Kevin Brown, as the team from Super League showed there remains a bug gulf between the divisions.
Despite an Eagles recovery after the interval, Aston blamed individual errors and a lack of cutting edge near the whitewash for the Eagles quick demise.
“It was a bad day at the office,” Aston concluded.
“We had a dig in the second half, and in the first for 20 minutes we were in the game, but we got blasted away which was down to us which is the frustrating thing for me. Their tries came from our mistakes.
“The individual errors cost us. Teams are clinical and they will punish you at this level, and when we had our chances we couldn’t quite make them count. Teams in Super League take their chances, they get opportunities and they are ruthless and that is the difference between the competitions. That’s why they are in Super League.”
The Eagles play their first home fixture of the Super 8s at The Keepmoat Stadium against Halifax this Sunday, kick off 4.15pm.