AUSTRALIAN winger Jharal Yow Yeh might not play again this year after he suffered an ankle fracture so sickening the broadcaster censored the vision and surrounding players felt faint when they saw it.
Yow Yeh could be heard moaning in agony on the referees' intercom system after contesting a kick midway through the first half of Brisbane's eight-point defeat of Souths at Perth's NIB Stadium last night, and was comforted by Broncos teammates who immediately called for a stretcher.
"It doesn't look good for him - it was very nasty," Brisbane head trainer Allan Langer said. "You could tell by the reaction of the players around him."
Souths player Dylan Farrell said of the injury: ''I went up to contest the ball with him and I felt his knee in my back. I was down, winded myself, but they tell me it was bleeding through his sock.''
Yow Yeh was taken to a Perth hospital, and did not return to Brisbane with the Broncos overnight.
Brisbane could have scored first, when Sam Thaiday raced through chasing a kick and Yow Yeh's knock-on was missed by the match officials. It wasn't missed by video referee Steve Clark, who disallowed the try.
It wasn't long before Greg Inglis picked up where he had left off the previous week, confronting the defence in the north-eastern corner and allowing winger Andrew Everingham a clear passage to the try line.
Livewire halfback Adam Reynolds converted magnificently from the sideline for 6-0, and was playing with renewed confidence, leaving defenders grasping at thin air at times. When he broke clear in the 10th minute, defender Jack Reed had a second dig at the tackle and was - somewhat harshly - sin-binned.
The Broncos conceded two points from Reynolds's resulting goal and another four around the time Reed returned to the field.
It was Inglis and Everingham again. This time the giant former Golden Boot winter stood in the tackle of three defenders, laid the ball back rugby-union style and Everingham tried to pick it up. Whether he was successful was down to interpretation. The youngster did not have control of the ball at any stage nor did he cleanly drop it, so video referee Clark awarded Souths a ''benefit of the doubt'' try.
The game then hit a lull with the terrible injury to Yow Yeh, players on both sides visibly distressed by the sight.
BRISBANE 20 (G Beale 2 M Gillett J Hoffman tries P Wallace 2 goals) bt SOUTH SYDNEY 12 (A Everingham 2 tries A Reynolds 2 goals) at nib Stadium. Referee: Chris James, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 15,599.