Brawl breaks out after sickening Lachlan Ilias NSW Cup injury as Rabbitohs beat Warriors

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There are fears Lachlan Ilias has suffered a serious lower-leg injury after the South Sydney halfback was carried from the field after a shocking tackle in the NSW Cup that saw Warriors hooker Freddy Lussick sent off with seconds left on the clock.

Playing reserve grade for the third week in a row, Ilias was putting in a kick near midfield on what would have been the last play of the game when Lussick rushed out of the line to charge it down, but caught the halfback instead.

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Ilias was writhing in pain with players from both teams coming together, which saw Moala Graham-Taufa sent to the sin bin for throwing a punch.

The South Sydney halfback was helped from the ground by a teammate and a member of the club’s medical staff, with Ilias leaving the field on crutches with his right foot elevated.

“Horrible for Lachy Ilias and for South Sydney,” Greg Alexander said on Fox League.

Young Rabbitoh suffers suspected serious leg injury in the NSW Cup

“The last play of the game, trying to put a kick in and was rushed by Freddy Lussick.

“I’m sure his ankle made contact with Lussick’s lower knee, I could hear the snap and I was 30 metres away.

“We don’t want to put a time frame on his return, but a broken leg is six-plus weeks easy.

“Depending on the severity of the fracture he could be out for longer.”

Rabbitohs coach Jason Demetriou went up the tunnel with Ilias, who scored the try that put the Bunnies up 26-20 as they held on to beat the Warriors at Accor Stadium.

But he now faces a nervous wait to see how long he’ll be out for as he attempts to win back his NRL starting spot.

NRL Physio on X wrote: “Lachlan Ilias off late in NSW Cup with a traumatic leg injury.

“By video main concern for tibia (shin) fracture – can see direct shin contact to defender’s knee + deformity (bend) in lower leg.

“If confirmed would (be) multiple months’ recovery, hope it’s somehow not as bad as it looks.”

NRL journalist Darcie McDonald also tweeted: “Rabbitohs have confirmed it is a serious leg injury. There are fears he has fractured his tibia but are awaiting scan results.”

There was concern on social media for the 23-year-old, including from Knights halfback Jackson Hastings.

“Hate to see it!” Hastings wrote on X. “Hope the young fella is OK.”

“Terrible injury,” added another fan. “Hopefully he recovers. Poor guy.”

“Take care Lachie sending hugs,” added a third.

– with Martin Gabor, NCA Newswire

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