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Ben Murdoch-Masila was taken to hospital with a dislocated elbow as the Warriors slumped to defeat at Redcliffe against the Sharks, blowing a two-try lead to be beaten easily.

The incident essentially marked a full 180 in the Warriors’ fortunes, as they took a 12-0 lead before losing 38-16.

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It’s been a tough season for Murdoch-Masila on the injury front, having already missed several weeks following a hip tackle from Brisbane’s Thomas Flegler in April.

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The 31-year-old is set for another long spell on the sidelines, with confirmation to come in the second half of his new illness.

The injury happened midway through the first half as he tried to tackle Sharks fullback Will Kennedy and got his arm stuck in an awkward position.

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It came just after two quick tries from Cronulla, the first eight of 24 unanswered points for Craig Fitzgibbon’s men.

New Zealand Warriors striker Ben Murdoch-Masila ruled out with dislocated elbow

With the exception of a glorious backhand in the corner from Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, there was very little to be happy about in the second half for the Warriors, who lost their opener under the interim head coach. StaceyJones.

The Warriors have now lost six in a row, their last victory coming in April, via a field goal against the Raiders.

It won’t be any easier next week, as they host the Panthers on Saturday night.

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