Justin Hodges hamstrung by injury as Broncos fight back
CO-CAPTAIN Justin Hodges has had an injection to help lubricate his heavily-scarred hamstring, but is still likely to miss two weeks while the Broncos try to fight their way back into a congested NRL top eight, just five weeks out from the finals.
Hodges has already been ruled out of Friday night's win-at-all-costs clash with the equally-desperate Bulldogs, and admits he is only an outside chance of being back for the following clash with South Sydney.
In all likelihood, Hodges' next appearance will be in round 24 against Newcastle, whose coach Wayne Bennett is heading back to Brisbane next season.
"I had an injection of Monday and it already feels better," Hodges told APN.
"They work for some people, but not others. They work well for me."
Hodges, who has had enough hamstring injuries late in his playing career to know if he requires a scan, said his latest issue was just a small tear, probably a grade one at worst.
"I won't play this weekend, but I'll do my best to get back for the Souths game. If not it will be the week after."
Brisbane has lost five of its last six games, and like the ladder-sliding Bulldogs who have lost three in a row, needs to find some momentum to make a run at the finals.
Sam Thaiday said Brisbane's forward pack had to play a dominant 80 minutes against the likes of James Graham and Sam Kasiano.
"They've got great size, great skill in their forward and they play off the back of their big men," Thaiday said.
"Something we haven't done for a while is dominate another forward pack like we dominated the Warriors earlier in the year - that's the challenge for us as a pack this weekend."
The Bulldogs can fall out of the eight with a fourth-straight loss, while Brisbane needs to win to give outgoing coach Anthony Griffin a memorable farewell.