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Cowboys undecided on JTs offsider

Youngsters Ray Thompson and Ben Jones are locked in a battle for the contentious five-eighth spot in the North Queensland Cowboys side to play the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in a round 1 NRL match on March 11.The Cowboys used six players there last season with Grant Rovelli, now with Mackay, getting the most starts (nine) in the key position. Other players tried at five-eighth were Thompson, Arana Taumata (both four games), Michael Morgan and Matt Bowen (three) and Anthony Watts (one). Taumata has signed with Penrith and Watts with the Sydney Roosters. Thompson will start in the No.6 jumper against Gold Coast Titans in Cairns tomorrow night, with Sydney Roosters signing Jones to come off the bench. Continue reading

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Cowboys walking wounded as trial injuries begin to mount

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. Continue reading

Ben Te’o Update

Ben Te’o has produced a remarkable recovery from injury and will make a shock return to the field tomorrow night. It was feared Te’o could be out for as long as two months with a suspected broken foot after the 34-30 loss to the Roosters 10 days ago. But after training with the team this morning Te’o will travel to Townsville and will run out against the Cowboys tomorrow night. Antonio Winterstein misses out with a knee injury keeping him out of the game. That will mean Alex Glenn, Te’o and Matt Gillett – who has been named at second row – will share duties in the centres. Broncos coach Ivan Henjak said Te’o still had small fractures in his foot but they would not prevent him from playing. “We’ve got a few options there, we have three we can rotate through,” said Henjak. “Ben’s got a few fractures there but they aren’t weight-bearing bones.” “He’s moving great and feels great so we will give him a run.”

Andrew McCullough possibly gone for season

Brisbane Bronco’s Hooker Andrew McCullough received scans on his torn pectoral muscle after aggravating the injury in Friday night’s heavy 36-18 loss to the Bulldogs in Sydney. Any long-term loss of McCullough, 20, would be another bitter blow for the injury-struck Broncos, who have already been robbed of star halfback Peter Wallace (knee) for four to six weeks. “I’m a bit nervous but I’m confident it won’t be the year,” McCullough said. “It could only be a month or two but I could be wrong. I just have to be patient and see how it heals. McCullough received scans on his torn pectoral muscle after aggravating the injury in Friday night’s heavy 36-18 loss to the Bulldogs in Sydney. “I’m a bit nervous but I’m confident it won’t be the year,” McCullough said. “It could only be a month or two but I could be wrong. I just have to be patient and see how it heals. On a brighter note, flyer Antonio Winterstein (hamstring) has avoided major damage, but could miss Friday night’s clash against the Knights.

Henjack wields the discipline axe

Bronco’s pair Ben Te’o and Antonio Winterstein were axed yesterday for disciplinary reasons. Enraged Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak sent the duo packing just days shy of Friday night’s acid test against the Dragons in Wollongong. Te’o and Winterstein will play for Wynnum Manly and Easts respectively on Sunday after both arrived late to training. Youngsters Josh Hoffman and Dale Copley are set to join the NRL ranks. Last night Te’o declined to comment on the incident, while Winterstein was unable to be contacted. It will be the first Broncos match Winterstein has missed since his NRL debut with the club in round 1 last year. The discipline breach could not have come at a worse time for the battling Broncos who already have Israel Folau, Justin Hodges, Corey Parker and Jharal Yow Yeh sidelined through injury.

Israel Folau battling shoulder injury

Scans on Saturday revealed the giant centre sustained a grade one separation of his left A/C shoulder joint, putting him in doubt for Monday week’s clash in Canberra. “There’s no break which is good news, but there’s a slight separation,” said relieved Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak. “We’ll have to manage him carefully and I guess he is at risk of missing the Raiders game.” Henjak’s decision to pull winger Antonio Winterstein from the action in the second half also paid off with his injury restricted to hamstring tightness.

Folau could fall back?

Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) has made an 11th hour bid to start this seasons campaign in the vacant position of Fullback. Initially reluctant at the prospect of the switch it was after the shock cameo in the position for the NRL All Stars at the request of Wayne Bennett that changed his mind. “I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I didn’t think I’d like playing fullback but after having a go, I’d say it was definitely really enjoyable for me,” he said. “I’ve thought about it more since last week and I’d definitely like to do it if Ivan (Henjak) thought it was good for the team.”  With a potential positional nightmare at his fingertips, Coach Henjack and staff are keeping eyes on all options – Corey Newman (Not Listed), Denan Kemp ($91,100 CTW/FB), Steve Michaels ($124,500 CTW), Gerard Beale ($91,100 CTW/FB), Alex Glenn ($162,000 CTW/2RF), Antonio Winterstein ($91,100 CTW) and utility option Ben Hunt ($163,100 HLV) are all showing promise. This postional musical chairs will of course undoubtedly cause headaches for DT Coaches as well, those Round 1 team lists are going to be compelling viewing.