It wasn't the start to the new year the Launceston Gorillas wanted, with the injury-ridden side getting blown out by the Hobart Knights 22-0.
The Gorillas' second-string starting quarterback Tyler James was the latest player to go down with an injury close to halftime in the contest.
Young playmaker Ged Watts would replace James under centre, but it wouldn't be enough with the Knights dominating the visitors on both sides of the ball.
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Gorillas coach Brett Wheldon said given injuries continued to pile up, the game went about as well as expected.
"We had a couple of key players out, we keep struggling at QB because they keep getting injured," he said.
"We did the best we could, it was no fault on any of the players.
"It was just a positive learning curve again, we know we're where we want to be and we'll take all of it into training to work on stuff. That's the thing with the Knights - it's always a good battle."
Wheldon said the team would review its offence and start planning new plays to adjust to the ever-changing QB situation.
"We'll start working on some new plays to change it up a little bit," he said.
"We're not ready to install those ... but there are some plays in the training schedule that will change our offense quite dramatically."
The other game on the day saw the UTAS Devils down the North West Raiders 48-24.