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The Sydney Roosters' 10-4 victory over the Wests Tigers in the the inaugural Foundation Cup may have been costly with utility Chris Flannery being stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle.
The Queensland Marroons star was taken from the field on a medicab just eight minutes from full-time at Aussie Stadium last night.
Flannery was a late inclusion for the Roosters after Adam Schubert pulled out due a knee injury.
Roosters club doctor John Orchard told AAP that Flannery will be out for a minimum of eight weeks, but a four-month stint on the sidelines was a possibility.
Meanwhile new Roosters recruit prop Chris Beattie was placed on report for a high tackle on Tigers hooker Robbie Farah.
The match itself was a low scoring affair as both teams looked to be underdone, the Roosters in particular bombing a number try scoring opportunities.
During an analysis of his side's performace, new Roosters coach Chris Anderson said he remained undecided on the halves with both Mitchell Pearce and Jamie Soward impressing.
Pearce played the first half before Soward came on in the second half to score the match-winning try.
For the Wests Tigers, new half back John Morris was a stand out while forward Keith Galloway put in a strong first half display. Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens stated that no injury worries came out of the match.
TIGERS 4 v ROOSTERS 10 (Foundation Cup) Scorers Tigers: T Tuiaki try. D Collis 0/1 goals. Scorers Roosters: J Williams try. J Soward 1/1, S Foley 0/1 goals. Aussie Stadium, Sydney, NSW 17 Feb 2007, 7.30pm HALF TIME: 4-all FULL TIME: Roosters 10-4 Crowd: 16,198