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Cowboy Hogans run of injuries

He might not call himself lucky but North Queensland Cowboys second-rower Dane Hogan has dodged another injury bullet.Hogan sustained a partial dislocation to his shoulder playing for the Mackay Cutters in a trial match against the Easts Tigers at the weekend, just two weeks after hyper-extending his knee playing for the Cowboys against the Wests Tigers. The 21-year-old Bribie Island product now expects to start the year playing Queensland Cup instead of NRL because of his injury run, but he’s treating the fact he’ll be able to start the season at all as a blessing. Both injuries had the potential to cause much more damage to both Hogan’s body and his prospects of capitalising on a breakthrough year in first-grade. Hogan made 10 NRL appearances for the Cowboys in 2010 and scored his debut first-grade try along the way. “It hasn’t been the best start to this season but it was better news than I thought it would be, Continue reading

The Judiciary

Manly’s Jason King will escape suspension despite being charged with a grade one careless high tackle charge from Monday night’s NRL loss to St George Illawarra. The Sea Eagles co-captain will be free to face the Warriors this week regardless of whether he takes the early guilty plea or fights the charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night. North Queensland second rower Scott Bolton has been named in the second row for this weekend, despite being referred straight to the judiciary for a biting charge. Bolton is the first player this season to be sent straight to the panel without a grading, and will fly from Townsville to Sydney to defend himself. However, the player he is alleged to have bitten – Gold Coast’s Clinton Toopi – is reportedly refusing to provide evidence. Fellow Cowboy Dane Hogan has been suspended for five matches after taking the early guilty plea for a grade four dangerous throw charge. Hogan was facing a possible seven games on the sidelines had he contested the serious charge, after he dumped Titans winger Kevin Gordon.

Cowboys front the judiciary

North Queensland backrower Scott Bolton will face the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night after his biting charge was referred without grading by the match review committee. Bolton was charged after an incident involving Gold Coast centre Clinton Toopi in the fourth minute of the Titans’ 37-18 win on Saturday night. After initially indicating he had been bitten on the finger, Toopi declined to make an official complaint to the referee. But that did not stop the match review committee from charging Bolton, who has been one the Cowboys’ few shining lights this season. Compounding the Cowboys’ woes is a dangerous throw charge that threatens to rub rookie Dane Hogan out until the early rounds of next season. Hogan was charged with a grade four infringement after flipping Titans winger Kevin Gordon on his head. Titans coach John Cartwright labelled the tackle “scary” in his post-match address. Even with an early guilty plea, Hogan would be suspended for five games, which would keep him sidelined until the second round of the 2011 season, with one trial match allowed to be counted as part of the ban. Should he contest the charge and lose, Hogan would be out for seven matches, or until round four next year.