send-off's and weekend wrap


Luckless Newcastle hooker Luke Quigley will be sidelined for a month after dislocating his elbow in Friday's morale-boosting win over Manly. Quigley was returning from a broken jaw suffered in a pub incident in Newcastle in April which sidelined him for two months.

Penrith utility Luke Lewis requires surgery for a compound fracture in a finger suffered in the Panthers' loss to the New Zealand Warriors, meaning he is likely to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks.

North Queensland fullback Matt Bowen re-injured his right ankle and will have scans today while South Sydney's Joe Galuvao suffered a corked knee in the 16-14 loss to the Cowboys.

Parramatta pair Glenn Morrison (back) and Mark Riddell (ribs) will undergo scans today on injuries suffered in their side's win over Canberra.

Brisbane winger Tame Tupou faces three weeks out with a hamstring injury while halfback Shane Perry will be checked for a knee problem.

Cronulla fullback David Simmons has picked up a knee ligament strain.

The Bulldogs' Matt Utai, who was the first player sent off this season, team mate Jarrad Hickey, Brisbane's Casey McGuire and Penrith's Matthew Cross will all have incidents looked at by the match review committee.

The Bulldogs were missing three star forwards to Origin duty and were further weakened when winger Utai was sent of for catching Tigers hooker Stuart Flanagan with a swinging arm. Sydney Roosters enforcer Adrian Morley was the last player to be marched from the field and that was in round six last year.

Also yesterday, the Brisbane Broncos grabbed second place on the table with a gutsy 26-12 upset of Cronulla. Brisbane now sits four points behind ladder leader Melbourne which hosts a top-of-the-table clash between the sides next Friday night.

The Broncos are joined by St George Illawarra on 24 points after its bye with the Bulldogs and Cronulla on 22, Newcastle on 20 and North Queensland and Manly rounding out the top eight on 18.