Justin Hodges officially ruled out of game vs Sydney Roosters; MJ, SBW to capitalise?

Hodges is struggling to be fit for this one. Image credit The Daily Telegraph.

Hodges is officially out of the Broncos-Roosters clash. Image credit The Daily Telegraph.

The injury that forced Justin Hodges from the field in the game against the Dragons last week has again forced the right-side Australian Test centre to the sidelines according to News.com.au.

Matt Gillett and David Stagg will now have the unenviable task of marking up against the re-hot left-side attack featuring Michael Jennings, Sonny Bill Williams, James Maloney and Daniel Tupou.

By the end of the game, Gillett will want to roll up in bed, have a barbeque session and wish this game never happened.

however, the promotion of Stagg from the bench to that right-side defence will make it slightly tougher for the Roosters boys to capitalise.

I’m not sure who will replaced Stagg on the bench, as coach Anthony Griffin named a 19-man squad originally.

Here are the updated teams, with Dylan Napa expected to drop off a five-man Roosters bench.

Roosters team for Round Three: Anthony Minichiello,Daniel Tupou, Michael Jennings, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, James Maloney, Mitchell Pearce, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Sonny Bill Williams, Frank-Paul Nu’uausala. Interchange: Daniel Mortimer, Martin Kennedy, Mitchell Aubusson, Luke O’Donnell,  Dylan Napa

Broncos team for Round Three: Corey Norman, Josh Hoffman, Jack Reed, Matt Gillett,  Lachlan Maranta, Scott Prince, Peter Wallace, Ben Hannant, Andrew McCullough, Sam Thaiday (c), Alex Glenn, David Stagg, Corey Parker. Interchange: (From) Ben Hunt, Mitchell Dodds, Scott Anderson, Dunamis Lui, Nick Slyney.

 

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