Star flyhalf Jason Robertson, who has impressed the entire league with both his dynamic attacking ability and his accurate kicking, will be out for at least the next three weeks. Originally rumored to be a shoulder injury, it has now been confirmed as a hand injury. Robertson seems to have played through the injury in last Sunday’s game against NOLA. Best wishes as he recovers, hopefully it doesn’t keep him out for too long.
This could be a pretty massive blow for the team, though. Robertson, and especially his close partnership with scrumhalf Danny Tusitala, has had a huge in hand in making the dynamic Old Glory attack what it was. He scored 14 of OGDC’s 26 points last match, and was the leading scorer in the MLR in 2020.
The most likely replacement seems to be Mike Dabulas, who is listed as a flyhalf and played backup for Robertson last year. However, due to the limited depth in the backs this year Dabulas started the NOLA match at fullback. If he moves to flyhalf as expected, that leaves the fullback position open.
Old Glory is pretty thin in the backline as is. Most likely, D’Montae Noble will start, as he had playing time on Sunday and was reasonable. That might require some shuffling around, though, as DC will likely want experience at fullback. We could potentially see Doug Fraser or Renata Roberts-Te Nana move to fullback so that Nobel can be on the wing.
Personally, I think it would be interesting to move Mungo Mason to outside center and Roberts-Te Nana to fullback. Mungo has the speed and vision to handle the position, and Luke Campbell could fill in at flanker. That’s not likely to happen, though.