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NRL 2020 season restart: Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3 – live!

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  • Old rivals meet in second game back since Covid-19 break
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For all the afterglow of the return of live sport, it nearly ended in disaster for Brodie Croft who was on the verge of missing out in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.

The young halfback twice recorded temperatures above the permitted limit of 37.2C when he arrived at Suncorp Stadium, threatening to throw the Broncos’ preparations for the round three game against Parramatta into chaos. Croft was put in a holding room where he waited 15 minutes before taking a third test, which he passed. The NRL’s strict new biosecurity rules require all players to have their temperature taken upon entry; if they fail the test, they will not be allowed to play.

Related: Broncos' Brodie Croft nearly falls victim to biosecurity rules on NRL resumption

Nick Tedeschi liked what he saw.

It was 67 days since the last NRL match was played. The world has changed due to Covid-19, and so has rugby league. The game looked different, felt different and sounded different. It was no less engaging though. Its essence – brute force the showcasing of speed and skill and athleticism – remained the same.

Related: No fans no problem: NRL delivers in spades on return to biggest of all stages | Nick Tedeschi

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