Broncos star Justin Hodges may miss grand final after risky throw charge

A sell out crowd of nearly 52,000 again packed Suncorp Stadium as Brisbane booked their first grand final since 2006 with the 31-12 rout of minor premiers Sydney Roosters last Friday night.


Broncos hard men and fellow former Sunshine Coast juniors Matt Gillett and Jack Reed were superb throughout the encounter in helping Brisbane to its first grand final since 2006.

A grade-one unsafe throw charge carries a 125-point base penalty and Hodges has a previous offence that carries a 20% loading.

At 6.30pm, following a final wrap-up by the Nine News team, the Grand Final action will officially get underway with a pre-game concert by Aussie rock legends Cold Chisel and a tribute to the players retiring in 2015.

Yesterday, he said the NRL and Channel 9 were only interested in TV ratings, and without a Sydney team in the final half of NSW wouldn’t watch it.

Coach Wayne Bennett spoke at the start of the season of the need to have a squad to be capable of winning a premiership with the Broncos using 29 players in their 26 games to date.

The Queensland Origin forward has already said he had taken a dive: “To be honest, I played for the penalty”.

The Broncos are a juggernaut and everything about them is better than any of the Sydney clubs.

“I think if you were a promoter this would be the prize fight you would love to promote”.

But the longest face belonged to Kenny-Dowall.

Kenny-Dowall’s gaffe helped Brisbane jump to a 16-0 lead after 19 minutes but Robinson was not pointing fingers at fulltime.

The second half was all one way traffic with the Cowboys running away with the match scoring three unanswered tries and booking their spot in next weekend’s grand final against the Brisbane Broncos.

“He said it is about grabbing your moment”, Parker said.


The Storm’s Cameron Smith was the last captain to be ruled out of a Premiership decider by suspension, after missing Melbourne’s 2012 triumph, while many including Kiwis John Lomax and Issac Luke have felt the agony of being suspended on the eve of a Grand Final.

Celebrations Anthony Milford scores a try during the NRL First Preliminary Final match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters at Suncorp Stadium