Eels' star to play despite hospital scare
Next Game: The Season has finished
25 May 2017
Parramatta NRL forward Nathan Brown is considered only a 50-50 chance to take on former club South Sydney despite a hospital scare.
Parramatta forward Nathan Brown is set to take on former NRL club South Sydney for the first time despite his recent hospital scare, according to coach Brad Arthur.
Brown was taken to hospital after suffering a rib injury in last week's loss to Canberra, but was cleared of serious damage to be a chance of taking on the Rabbitohs on Friday at ANZ Stadium.
"He spent the night in hospital. Structurally, it's okay - it's rib cartilage. But they're a painful injury and it's whether he can tolerate it or not for this week," Arthur said on Thursday.
The former Rabbitohs' prop has been a revelation since moving to Sydney's west over summer, with his average 111 metres the highest in their pack.
Arthur said he showed enormous courage to play on even though he was hurt early against the Raiders.
"You could see he was cringing going into tackles. He couldn't breathe," Arthur said.
"He tried to tough it out for us and get us through to that period of the game where we make our first change. He's a competitor and he's desperate to try and play tomorrow night."
Parramatta are without four players from their first-choice line-up, including dangerous pair Michael Jennings and Corey Norman.
Scans this week showed Jennings would be out for a month with a quad injury, while Norman was still on the comeback from a knee issue.
Clint Gutherson will again partner recent addition Mitchell Moses in the halves.
"Any team that loses their half, it's a big loss, (but) I think Peni Terepo and Frank Pritchard are big losses for us, too, through the middle with their good leg speed," Arthur said.
"But it's what it is and we're happy with the job Mitchell and Gutho done last week."
Arthur said he was anticipated an improved performance from former Wests Tigers star Moses after another week with his new teammates.
"His long kicking game was very good (against Canberra). We gave up a couple of seven-tackle sets so some of (his) short kicking needs a bit of work," Arthur said.
"But I think from the start of the game to the end of the game, he got better and we showed a bit more fluency in our attack.
"We trained again on Tuesday and we were better again. Hopefully, we're better again today with our training and then take that into the game."
Brad Takairangi deputises for Jennings, while prop George Burgess returns to the Rabbitohs' bench from a four-game suspension for a shoulder charge.
STATS THAT MATTER:
* Souths have won nine of their past 11 against the Eels, scoring at least 22 points in eight of them
* The Rabbitohs are the only club yet to win at home this season, and have lost 14 of their past 17 home matches dating back to the start of last year
* Clint Gutherson has three tries, three try assists and five line breaks in his past five games
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