Gallen: Injured or resting?

ImageThere was always a question mark over Paul Gallen’s decision to play in this weekend’s inaugural Auckland Nines tournament just 3 days out from his professional boxing debut.

With the Cronulla captain not appearing in any of the second day matches, it has to be asked why?

In the competitions opening match, Gallen lead his team to a thrilling 15-12 victory over the Newcastle Knights in what was a highlight of the tournament for many. The Sharks then went down 21-15 in a back and forth contest against the Wests Tigers.

The second day arrived and Cronulla entered their third match, a must win game against the Gold Coast Titans, but the captain did not take the field. Without their leader, the team still managed to put on a convincing performance and win 30-14.

This would see them progress into the quarter finals up against the competition surprise package, the Parramatta Eels.  Once again the team was named and the captain was absent.  The Sharks however once again performed well and scored a 17-6 victory to see them move into the semi finals.

Just one victory away from clenching a spot in the inaugural grand final, Paul Gallen once again did not take part in this important match. The impressive Brisbane Broncos proved too good for the Cronulla outfit, claiming victory 18-14.

With Cronulla being a financially struggling club which would benefit most from the $375,000 prize money, why was arguably their best and most influential player not participating in these important games?

Reports alleged he sustained an injury described as a neck strain which he will get scans on. Is this an accurate diagnosis or did he make the decision to sit out himself in order rest ahead of his Wednesday night bout?

For info on his professional boxing debut, click here: https://haydenhooper.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/geale-v-wood-undercard/

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