There’s nothing better than going against either A) a guy with a hamstring complaint who might not be 100 per cent, or B) a second rower who is simply filling the role.
Especially if you are Michael Jennings and you are absolutely on fire in the opening two rounds.
Justin Hodges went off in the second half against Parramatta and, according to the Herald Sun via AAP, is “hopeful” of lining up against his former club this Saturday at 7.30.
We’ll find out more today when the teams are announced and I’m sure Hodges will get up until game day to prove his fitness, but Michael Jennings should have his way with the ex-Chook if he goes in at less than full strength, the way he’s been playing.
If not, according to the article the Broncos will select Matt Gillett to start in the centres against Jennings. And while Gillett has played well this season, he’s no match for the pure speed of Jenno out wide.
I touched on the devastating left hand edge in the review of the Roosters-Warriors game on the weekend, and the Broncos will get the full force of that on Saturday while being less than full-strength.
Here’s some of the article from the Herald Sun:
JUSTIN Hodges has given himself an outside chance of playing in Saturday night’s NRL clash between the Brisbane Broncos and Sydney Roosters after suffering a hamstring scare at the weekend.
The representative centre left the field in the second half of Brisbane’s win over St George Illawarra with fears he had torn his hamstring again.
However Hodges declined to have scans on his left leg on the weekend and the Broncos are hopeful that with an eight-day turnaround he will be able to take the field.
If he does, he will mark up on Roosters centre Michael Jennings, one of the toughest players in the NRL to defend.
The news was not so good for Hodges’ Brisbane teammate Josh McGuire, who is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after tearing his calf.
Brisbane utility Matt Gillett has drawn the defensive short straw as he waits to learn which Sydney Roosters superstar he will mark on Saturday.
Gillett was placed on standby today to fill in for Hodges, which would mean marking up on the elusive and quicker Michael Jennings, considered one of the most difficult attacking backs in the NRL to defend.