NRL officials ‘look for missing teeth’ on the field after Raiders star is left bloodied by huge hit

Raiders star suffers broken jaw in crunching hit with NRL officials ‘looking for missing TEETH’ on the field at half-time…as Canberra overcome injury crisis to beat Cronulla in thriller

  • Danny Levi broke his jaw in a collision with Teig Wilton on Sunday
  • NRL officials were spotted looking for his teeth on the field at half-time 
  • Raiders overcame an injury crisis to beat Cronulla 24-20 in a thriller 

Canberra hooker Danny Levi was left with a broken jaw after coming off second best in a collision with Sharks forward Teig Wilton.

Levi walked off the field clutching his bloodied face just two minutes into the Raiders’ 24-20 win over Cronulla at GIO Stadium, with NRL officials scanning the field at half-time looking for his missing teeth.

‘NRL officials are currently on the ground looking for Danny Levi’s teeth,’ former NRL star Mick Ennis said on Fox League at the break.

The Raiders were already missing star prop Josh Papali’i, Xavier Savage and wingers Nick Cotric and Jordan Rapana but coped admirably with Levi’s early departure.

They led 24-10 on 56 minutes but had to hang on for dear life at the end, after back-to-back Cronulla tries had the home side threatening to pinch the points before Canberra’s defence dug in to ice the result.

Canberra hooker Danny Levi suffered a broken jaw early in the game against the Sharks

The Raiders star was forced to leave the field clutching his bloodied face

The Raiders star was forced to leave the field clutching his bloodied face 

An NRL official was spotted scanning the field for Levi's missing teeth at half-time

An NRL official was spotted scanning the field for Levi’s missing teeth at half-time

It was the win the Raiders desperately needed, having been unlucky to lose their two opening matches of the year on their two-game tour of Queensland.

Their hero was Corey Horsburgh, the bench prop scoring two tries and doubling his 63-game career tally in the process with a pair of devastating runs Cronulla had minimal chance of stopping.

In remarkable scenes, Horsburgh was punched by Sharks enforcer Royce Hunt in the back field but got up and scored with the next play, as the Raiders stamped their authority on the contest.

Hunt was sin-binned for the punch but Cronulla scored despite being a man down through Jesse Ramien, while they drew to within a single score when second-rower Briton Nikora crossed with seven minutes to play.

WIthout their Dally M-winning halfback Nicho Hynes (calf), they benefited from a sharp attacking display from dynamic winger Ronaldo Mulitalo, who created the game’s opening try with magical footwork before scoring one courtesy of Will Kennedy’s delicate kick.

The Raiders struck back with a beautiful Jack Wighton cut-out pass allowing Albert Hopoate to score in the corner, and led when Horsburgh crashed over from close range.

Raider centre Matt Timoko gave them some breathing room early in the second with a trademark bustling try, breaking tackles and surging over the line for 18-10.

Bench hooker Tom Starling played nearly 80 minutes after Levi’s early injury and turned in a quality display, finding two try assists and steering Canberra around the park with class.

Raiders star Joe Tapine churned out a game-high 158m, while Siosifa Talakai led Cronulla with 150m.

The loss leaves Cronulla 1-2 although they won’t be panicking, particularly with Hynes expected back as soon as next Sunday’s clash with New Zealand.

Deputising for Hynes, halfback Braydon Trindall continued to show his class with two try assists.