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Even Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had to pull strings for ticket to Allianz Stadium opener between Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs

Whether Souths captain Cameron Murray or Roosters centre Joseph Manu play are the lingering questions.

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Manu left the field midway through the second half with a leg injury.

Murray was concussed in the second tackle of the match and didn’t return, evoking memories of Origin III when he was concussed in the first minute while playing for NSW.

The incident set the tone for a brutal opening period and if you couldn’t see the action from one of the ergonomically designed bucket seats while eating cheeseburger spring rolls between gulps of Stone and Wood Pacific Ale, you could always watch it on the enormous screens at either end of the field.

When Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was ordered by referee Grant Atkins to clean blood from his face in the early exchanges, the crowd roared its approval.

“This is like a Coliseum!” Brad Fittler bellowed in sideline commentary for…

Read more at www.smh.com.au

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