Tom Trbojevic detail with NRL cameraman comes to light amid devastating injury blow

The scenes brought back memories of an incident involving the late great Shane Warne.

The most famous TV cameraman since Joe is off the hook. The Channel 9 lensman who was taken out by Manly star Tom Trbojevic is not responsible for the hamstring injury that has the fullback facing another lengthy stint on the sideline. 'Turbo' tore his hammie while attempting to prevent Dolphins winger Jack Bostock scoring in Thursday night's NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.

The Sea Eagles No.1 took the legs out from under a cameraman – identified as Matt by the Nine commentary team – as he slid across the sideline after missing Bostock in the greasy conditions. While Matt got to his feet in one piece, the same couldn't be said for Trbojevic.

Pictured right, Manly star Tom Trbojevic crashes into an NRL cameraman.
Manly star Tom Trbojevic crashed into an NRL cameraman before limping off with a hamstring injury against the Dolphins. Pic: Getty/Nine

He limped off straight away, succumbing to the sixth hamstring strain of an injury-plagued career as the visitors went down by six points. Turbo will be out of action for up to two months and his long-term future in the game is again being questioned.

Immediately after the collision, Channel 9 sideline commentator Darren Lockyer told viewers: "He wipes out the cameraman. That impact has obviously hurt his lower leg. "I think it’s just the contact with the cameraman (that's caused the injury)."

Co-commentator Paul Vautin added: "How's the cameraman? Is he alright? Wow, that would have hurt. They're tough our cameraman. I reckon he's straight up (and) back into it." Suddenly, Matt unwittingly found himself the centre of attention, bringing back memories of the infamous Joe the Cameraman incident involving cricketing great Shane Warne.


Warne was blamed for uttering the words "can't bowl, can’t throw" after teammate Scott Muller's wayward return from the boundary during a Test against Pakistan in 1999. Channel 9 cameraman Joe Previtera later admitted to the sledge.

But unlike Joe, NRL cameraman Matt was the innocent party. He didn’t cause Trbojevic's injury despite what some misguided fans thought. Physio and injury analyst Brien Seeney, from the popular NRL Physio social media account, posted on X: "Tom Trbojevic off with a reported hamstring injury - didn’t look good with significant effect on his gait/function.

Seen here, Tom Trbojevic after suffering his latest hamstring injury for Manly.
Tom Trbojevic's latest hamstring injury for Manly looks to have wrecked his Blues Origin hopes. Pic: Getty

"Significant history here obviously a concern - is his 6th hamstring injury in the past 6 seasons. Unlikely to be a week or two recovery. Also to clarify - Trbojevic hamstring injury wouldn’t have occurred during the collision with the cameraman.

"Would’ve gone in the lead up - can see acceleration + over stride while leaning forward on final right leg step." Manly is awaiting scan results to determine how long Trbojevic will be sidelined. Winger Jason Saab will also be out of action for several weeks after suffering a shoulder injury attempting to score a try against the Dolphins.