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Hasler: Hopoate suffered possible fractured eye socket

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/03/2017

© Provided by Sportal com au Winless Canterbury may be without fullback Will Hopoate for an extended period after he suffered a possible fracture of the eye socket following a sickening collision with Roosters hard man Zane Tetevano.

The Bulldogs No.1 was taken from Allianz Stadium to hospital for scans shortly after Canterbury's 28-24 loss, with coach Des Hasler fearing the worst.

Will Hopoate of the Bulldogs leaves the field during the round two NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Will Hopoate of the Bulldogs leaves the field during the round two NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Allianz Stadium. "He's gone to hospital for a check-up. He's obviously got a pretty good concussion and there might be a fracture around his eye," Hasler said.

"We will get that checked out."

Winger Kerrod Holland (shoulder) is also set to miss some football, robbing the Dogs of their leading goalkicker.

The Belmore side has now lost their opening two games by a combined total of 10 points in a so near yet so far scenario.

It's the first time Canterbury have dropped their first two games and their winless streak now stretches back six games, heaping further pressure on Hasler.

"You just hope they (close losses) don’t come back and bite you. You'd like to have at least two of those four points," Hasler said.

"We need to manage parts of the game better."

Prop Aiden Tolman added: "We were good enough to win the game tonight but some crucial errors at critical times didn’t help us.

"The effort's there but sometimes that doesn’t get you across the line."

The Dogs will take a home game away next weekend, playing the Warriors in New Zealand.

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