A fresh blow to the Brisbane Broncos as Centre Justin Hodges suffered a foot injury at training today and may not be fit for tomorrow night’s game at Suncorp.
It’s the latest in a series of events challenging team morale, when they need to be in top form to beat current premiers, Manly.
Zoe Noakes reports.
As the Broncos began their final preparations for Friday night’s game Justin Hodge’s horror run of injuries continued.
This time he pulled up struggling with a foot injury that has been plaguing him all week and headed to the physio.
Hodges is not the only team member who’s walking wounded.
Anthony Griffin, Broncos Coach: “Everyone at the moment’s a little busted, it’s 10 weeks into the season.”
His fate for tomorrow night is now in the hands of medicos.
While Hodges will be given every opportunity to prove his fitness, coach Anthony Griffin says he will be sending his strongest team onto the field tomorrow night.
Anthony Griffin, Broncos Coach: “Obviously we want him out there. We’ll give the 17 that we’ve named every chance, but if he’s no good, he’s no good, and we’ll move on. The one thing we can’t afford to do against Manly is taking someone who is half fit.”
Last year, the Sea Eagles ended the Broncos hopes for victory, so Friday’s game is expected to be a big match.
Also playing on their home turf at Suncorp, the Queensland Reds preparation for their Mother’s Day match against the Chiefs had a little more flavour to it.
They swapped their footy boots for chef hats as they took over Tank Restaurant in Brisbane city to cook breakfast for their mums.
Eddie Quirk, Queensland Reds: “It’s sort of my present for her, a free ticket to the game. She’s always been at every game supporting me, so I’ll support her in the morning for Mother’s Day.”
The team’s culinary skills impressed.
Alastair McLeod, Tank Restaurant Chef: “It was very well received and they all start Monday. Especially that big James Horwill fellow.”
The Reds will be hoping to taste victory and send the Chiefs home with their just desserts.
Zoe Noakes, QUT News.