Shute Shield: Manly Marlins face injury demons and down Two Blues

The Manly Marlins overcame a number of substantial hurdles as the eked out a tough 28-5 win over the Western Sydney Two Blues on Saturday.

The setbacks started late on Friday when skipper and hooker James Hilterbrand was culled out the match after picking up a knock in the final minutes of training on Thursday night.

Fine, those things happen but they continued minutes into the match against the Two Blues when flyhalf Sam Lane couldn’t continue after dislocating his shoulder.

On came BJ Hartmann who had just played a full game in the Colin Caird Shield fixture and although at times it was pretty ugly they got the job done.