It’s a blockbuster local league derby tomorrow night, as the Brisbane Broncos take on the Gold Coast Titans.

But with injuries to Scott Prince, Ben Hannant and now Justin Hodges, things aren’t looking good for the Broncs.

Maritza Munoz reports.

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Painkillers weren’t enough to keep Justin Hodges on the field at Broncos training this morning.

He left about fifteen minutes in with a suspected fracture in his rib from last week’s loss against Parramatta.

He’s not the only player ruled out. Scott Prince and Ben Hannant also are injured.

It’s been a disappointing few weeks for the Broncos, but coach Anthony Griffin is hoping they can repeat their Round 5 win, against the Titans at Suncorp.

Anthony Griffin, Broncos coach: “I thought the first round we played them we did a pretty good job there and we’re going to have to do that again.”

There’s been further tension between the two teams after the Broncos revealed yesterday they’d be opening a $6.5 billion Junior Broncos Academy on Titan turf.

But Broncos CEO Paul White denies it’s battle ground.

Paul White, Broncos CEO: “We need to be thinking innovatively about how we grow and develop our club, but at the same time our game in general.”

The Broncos are hoping for a win tomorrow night to carry them through the season, but the Titans won’t go down without a fight.

Cool temperatures at Kingscliff didn’t deter the Titans training.

Co-captain Greg Bird was eager for revenge and the news on Hodges only fuelled the fire.

Greg Bird, Titans Co-captain: “We gotta prepare as if he’s playing, but if he’s not, I guess that’s just a little bonus for us.”

Maritza Munoz, QUT News.