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Hodges back Just in time for Broncs ’11 campaign

Nervous but pumped, Justin Hodges has promised to unleash the “full package” in his long-awaited playing comeback for Brisbane in Saturday night’s pre-season trial against the Cowboys in Alice Springs. The former Queensland and Australian centre’s last game of rugby league was the preliminary final against Melbourne in September 2009. A ruptured achilles tendon suffered during pre-season training kept him off the field for the whole of 2010. Brisbane weren’t the same side without Hodges who is one those players who has a presence on the field at any level. Two kilos heavier, refreshed and free of any judiciary baggage (carry over points and loading), Hodges said he was “busting” to play again. And he said the big sidestep, the fend, the aggression and the abrasiveness he liked to rub opponents with were all still there. “They’re all still there, especially the aggression … I think it’s got even worse. Continue reading

Bronco’s get four back on deck

Brisbane will have four players returning from injury for their NRL showdown with the Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. Halfback Peter Wallace, winger Antonio Winterstein, utility Matt Gillett and prop Nick Kenny have been named in Ivan Henjak’s 17-man squad. The clash will be forward Corey Parker’s 200th NRL game. Back-rower Lagi Setu has been pushed into the front-row with prop Scott Anderson suffering a hyper-extended elbow in Sunday’s 36-14 upset win over Melbourne that will sideline him for two or three weeks. Youngster Ben Hunt – who made 44 tackles against the Storm – has been named at hooker with Alex Glenn was selected in the centres. Fullback Josh Hoffman may have to pass a fitness test later in the week on his bruised ribs.

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.

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.

Peter Wallace looking at 6 weeks

Bronco’s halfback Peter Wallace suffered a knee injury in yesterday’s 44 – 16 drubbing of the Cronulla Sharks that could see him sidelined for 6 weeks. The club will eagerly await the result of scans on the injury-prone playmaker’s left knee and while the preliminary diagnosis was a low grade medial strain, coach Ivan Henjak was pessimistic. “It’s not looking great, we’ll know a bit more tomorrow but at this stage it’s similar to Corey (Parker) and Denan (Kemp)’s injury,” Henjak said. Henjak was already thinking about how best to deal without the skill and influence of Wallace, who has intermittently been a part of NSW’ halves pairing over the last two seasons. “It’s Ben Hunt’s natural position, and Corey Norman will also come into the picture,” he said. “Corey had a full game in the halves today (for the Broncos’ Toyota Cup side) and Benny Hunt has played a full game for the Comets, so that’s probably worked out well for us in that regard.” Aside from Wallace, Ben Te’o (corked shin) was unable to complete the game while Matt Gillett made a surprising return to the fray after limping off the field with a knee injury in the opening half.

Round 1 Teams – Normans hunt for Jersey 1

Against the Cowboys, Brisbane’s classy scrumbase pairing of Test skipper Darren Lockyer ($209,700 HLV) and New South Wales Origin star Peter Wallace ($238,900 HLV) will pilot five outside backs who have an average age of 20. The Bronco speedsters set for launch at Suncorp Stadium are expected to include 18-year-old debutant Corey Norman ($84,100 FLB) , tipped to be Brisbane’s new fullback. It is believed Norman has survived a strong challenge from 21-year-old Josh Hoffman ($91,100 FLB), with either Steve Michaels ($124,500 CTW), 23, or Denan Kemp ($91,100 FL/CTW), 22, poised to be the “veteran” of the back five.

Henjack puts his best Front Row, Forward!

And next on the list is Sam Thaiday($248,400 FRF), preferring the freedom of the second row Sam may have to relinquish his role depending upon his performance in this weekends trial. Coach Henjack named Thaiday to partner Nick Kenny ($202,400 FRF) in the front row and would not rule out the possibility of starting him there against the Cowboys for Rd 1 “If they (Kenny and Thaiday) go well they could be there (against the Cowboys),” Henjak said on Wednesday. “I’m still looking for the best combination there. I wouldn’t say I was happy with everything, so if that works well for us on Saturday, it might be the way we go.” Unsettling Thaiday out of his preferred position sends a message to the whole team that they will be required to perform as there are plenty of players looking to play in any number of positions. The much commented upon fullback role will again be filled by Corey Norman ($84,100 FLB), although he will share the duties with Josh Hoffman ($91,100 FLB) providing he passes a fitness test Thursday morning “Josh has worked hard and deserves a chance,” said Henjak. “If he gets through tomorrow he and Corey will share the fullback job, I owe him that.” Henjack though would not comment on how much field time Peter Wallace ($238,900 HLV) and Darren Lockyer ($209,700 HLV) will spend in the halves.