Justin Hodges made a successful return to action, but former Broncos team mate Antonio Winterstein is set to miss the start of the NRL season after suffering a broken jaw. Hodges set up a try with his first touch off the bench in the Broncos’ 26-4 trial win over the Cowboys in Alice Springs on Saturday night. “He got through a continuous 40 minutes and set up a try and there was no side affects from the injury, so I’m very happy with his involvement and getting through the game,” Broncos coach Ivan Henjak told AAP. It ended more than 500 days of NRL inactivity for the classy Broncos, Queensland and Australia centre, but Cowboys recruit Winterstein had far worse misfortune on the night. He went to hospital for scans just before halftime after suffering facial injuries in a sickening collision during a tackle. “Unfortunately it looks like Antonio has a broken jaw, he’s gone off for x-rays, which is really disappointing for him and for the club,” coach Neil Henry said. “That’d be six to eight weeks for him I’d imagine, so that’s the prognosis at the moment.” The Cowboys’ injury woes didn’t end with Winterstein, as Gavin Cooper is also expected to be sidelined for a few weeks with a knee injury while Clint Amos has a broken nose. South Sydney also suffered an injury setback with forward Ben Lowe helped off the ground after during their 42-4 loss to Gold Coast in Coffs Harbour on Saturday. Henjak wasn’t getting carried away with the Broncos start and stressed they still had improvement to come and several key players to return. “Benny Hannant wasn’t there tonight, Sam Thaiday, Darren Lockyer Jharel Yow Yeh, Mitchell Dodds, Nick Kenny, Denan Kemp, they are all possible starters for us,” Henjak said. “Getting through the trial games without any injuries, being able to work on things that we’ve focused on in pre-season has been good and there’s big signs of improvement there, but the real test will come when we have to play for two competition points.” Penrith and Newcastle didn’t report any major injuries from the Panthers’ 28-22 win over the Knights at Port Macquarie, although the match review panel may look at an incident in which Penrith’s Travis Burns collected the legs of Newcastle fullback Shannon McDonnell while he was in the air catching a high kick. There were no significant casualties from Melbourne’s comfortable 24-4 win over Canberra, with both sides ready to welcome back some big stars for their final trial matches next weekend. Canberra are likely to give new recruit Matt Orford (knee) another week off to ensure he is ready for their season-opener against Cronulla, but they are expected to bring back Josh Dugan, Joel Thompson (rib injury), Alan Tongue (rib injury) and Tom Learoyd-Lars (suspension) for their clash with Canterbury. Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy said he planned to add skipper Cameron Smith and halfback Cooper Cronk, although fullback Billy Slater is still struggling with a shoulder injury and remains a concern for their round one matchup for Manly.