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Papenhuyzen injured in Storm NRL defeat

Melbourne are resigned to losing Ryan Papenhuyzen for the rest of the NRL season after suffering a third successive loss for the first time in seven years in a dramatic 20-16 defeat to Canberra at AAMI Park.

Two tries to young winger James Schiller, a nephew of Canberra legend Brett Mullins, helped the Raiders to victory on Sunday and kept their finals hopes alive

For the first time since round nine, Melbourne had their complete spine together, but that lasted just 19 minutes after Papenhuyzen was helped off after a sickening clash of right kneecaps with Jack Wighton.

He was taken to hospital and is expected to have an operation on Monday.

“He’s got a broken kneecap and he won’t be back (this season) I wouldn’t imagine,” Storm coach Craig Bellamy said.

Wighton had plenty of sympathy for Papenhuyzen, who he described as a champion bloke and player.

“I really hate…


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