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Matt Gillett out for a month

Brisbane have suffered a second injury blow within 24 hours with utility Matt Gillett joining halfback Peter Wallace on the sidelines for a month. Gillett, who battled a knee injury during Brisbane’s 44-16 win over Cronulla on Sunday was expected to back up against the Bulldogs on Friday night. But scans have revealed a medial ligament tear requiring a month’s rest. The double blow comes just as the Broncos were getting some troops back with Israel Folau and Corey Parker returning from injury against the Sharks. Youngster Ben Hunt is expected to take over Wallace’s No.7 duties while coach Ivan Henjak has several options in the centres, including Alex Glenn, Gerard Beale or teenager Corey Norman.

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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.

Bronco’s battered and bruised

A sizzling Warriors outfit piled on six second-half tries to inflict on the woeful Broncos their worst-ever loss at The Cauldron, compounding the Broncos’ woes ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Roosters in Sydney, Folau will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after an operation last night to repair the bone sticking out of his right-hand ring finger. Flyer Denan Kemp (broken rib, 4-8 weeks) and Brisbane’s best early-season forward Matt Gillett (cork, 1-2 weeks) were also casualties as the alarm bells suddenly began sounding around “Ivan’s infants” just two rounds after their stunning round one unveiling. Gillett who again impressed with his skills against the Warriors before suffering a corked thigh in the second half. “We’re sort of hoping he’ll be right for Friday night, he’s an outside chance,” Henjack said.

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.

Trials round up.

As a NQ Cowboys follower, I expect no less from a player that has left our ranks under hazy circumstances other than to go onto success for another club. Travis Burns ($155,100 HLV) it seems will prove to be another statistic in this ever growing list, it has been reported he had a blinder and made an unforgettable statement in his pursuit to be the other half running along side Luke Walsh ($210,700 HLV) for the Panthers this season. Wade Graham ($167,200 HLV) is also looking to secure this position but after the weekend he may have the odds against him, also having had his differences in the past with Coach Elliott may work against his desire for a starting role. With Luke Lewis ($220,200 CTW/HLV), Petero Civinoceva ($271,300 FRF) and Trent Waterhouse ($307,800 2RF) to return the Panthers are certainly poised for an early attack in this years competition. The Eels on the other hand could possibly see reason for a little concern seeming they almost had their A side on the paddock, but with Daniel Mortimer ($268,000 HLV) and Ben Smith ($189,600 CTW/2RF) exiting because of injury early and Nathan Hindmarsh ($367,700 2RF) a no show, the Eels won’t be too worried.

PENRITH PANTHERS 32 (Travis Burns 2, Shane Elford, Luke Walsh, Michael Gordon, Ryan Walker tries; Michael Gordon 3, Travis Burns goals) def PARRAMATTA EELS 12 (Luke Burt, Ben Smith tries; Luke Burt 2 goals) at CUA Stadium. Crowd: 11,113.

The first half of the Dogs V Dragons line ups looked almost like a standard Telstra Cup fixture, with Jamal Idris ($153,300 CTW) for the Dogs showing what he is potentially capable of week in week out with his unique attacking style culminating in 2 tries for the giant youngster. Ben Barba ($91,100 HLV) also showed he is more than ready if veteran Brett Kimmorley ($237,300 HLV) should happen upon injury with some good touches when on the field. For the Saints, Nathan Fien ($211,500 HLV/HOK) continues to impress Coach Bennett, constantly threatening from Dummy Half and will no doubt slot into the run on side somewhere in this seasons Dragons campaign. In true trials fashion both sides made plenty of errors and it was difficult to split the two, defence being the only winner in this tight fought contest.

DRAGONS 16 (Lett, Green, Vickery Tries; Goodwin 2 Goals)BULLDOGS 14 (Idris 2, Nanai Tries; Turner 1 Goal)

Big things are expected from the Rabbitohs and the Titans this season, if we were to go by their rosters it should be a safe bet on a finals berth for both. The bunnies didn’t throw their big money forwards onto the field preferring to show off their depth against the Titans, and they held their own. For the Titans, the Prince ($287,300 HLV) Bird ($250,000 HLV/2RF) combination had another game to find the common ground between the flair and creativity of Prince mixing with the glass smashing brutality of Bird. The Bunnies youngsters, trying to capture the eye of Coach Lang had some flair of their own whilst the Titans proved to be more tradesman like in their performance. The Titans also played their bargain Ex Kiwi International Clinton Toopi (Not Listed) who brought plenty to the table.

Gold Coast Titans 28 (M Rogers, C Toopi, R Brown, S Prince, W Zillman tries; S Prince 4 goals) defeated South Sydney Rabbitohs 22 (L Capewell 2, I Luke, J Vaivai tries; C Sandow 2, A Reynolds 1 goal). Crowd 5500.

Ben Te’o ($203,100 2RF) performed, scoring twice in what could may possibly be the year for the talented back rower, after showing plenty of potential the former Tiger may have finally settled within the Brisbane outfit. As reported, Israel Folau ($139,800 CTW) also shared the Fullback position with Corey Norman (Not Listed) who is only 18 but showing plenty of confidence and try scoring ability. Albeit an experimental outing for the Broncos it was considered successful. For the Green Machine it was Terry Campese ($331,900 HLV) and Joel Monaghan ($154,500 CTW) who stood ahead of the rest, behind a pack that never let them down. Dane Tilse ($195,600 FRF) ate up the metres while stalwart Alan Tongue ($238,800 2RF) proved that his workload is as high as ever and the Scott Logan ($162,100 FRF), Dane Tilse, David Shillington ($175,500 FRF) and Bronson Harrison ($292,200 2RF) combination could prove to be a dark horse in this seasons high profile packs.

Brisbane 32 d Canberra 24 *Will Post stats asap.

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.

Te’o could be centre of attention?

Coach Henjack, proved late last year he isn’t afraid to try players out of there normal position, and this year will be no different when he runs Ben Te’o in the centres for this years Trials matches. “Benny’s a genuine option there, he’s very mobile and he’s quite keen on the idea,” Henjak said. There’s a bit of competition and we’ll keep experimenting with it. We’ll throw Ben back into the forwards for a while now at training but in the trials we’ll give him a run in the centres.” Te’o had a mixed season last year and is pushing for a permanent position in the Bronco’s starting line up “This year I know coming in what’s required of me on the field, what I’m going to cop in the media, the pressure, the fans – I know what it’s about now. ” If he succeeds as a centre, it will certainly be dynamic combination with Israel Folau on the other side of the field. Te’o is currently listed for $163,100 and only available in the halves at DT HQ.