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Bulldogs premiership defender Matthew Boyd was taken to hospital midway through their win over the Gold Coast.
The veteran suffered a badly-split ear in the third quarter after he was collected by an accidental elbow from Peter Wright.
"He's got a lacerated ear," said Luke Beveridge in the post-game press conference.
"I haven't seen it, but it must be bad enough to need some stitches and some pretty handy needle work, I think he needs some plastic surgery on that ear.
"He's gone off to the hospital now."