ROUND 15 Melbourne Storm 22 v Canberra Raiders 12at Olympic Park, MelbourneReferees: Shayne HayneMatch Summary:Melbourne has continued their impressive home ground advantage in beating the Canberra Raiders today by 22-12 at Olympic Park. The win places the Storm 4 points clear at the top of the table, despite injuries to speedsters Greg Inglis and Billy Slater, adding to a remarkable season for the Victorian-based club.Canberra took a 2-nil lead early in the game through a penalty goal from captain Clinton Schifcofske. It was to be their only points of the first half though, with the Storm dominating possession from that point in.Storm second-rower David Kidwell scored the first of his two tries in the 7th minute when he went himself out of dummy half close to the line, catching the Raiders forwards napping.He was at it again ten minutes later when classy halfback Cooper Cronk turned the ball inside to him allowing for a clear run to the line. Cronk was in the thick of things on his very next touch two minutes later, shaping an awkward kick for his stampeding three-quarters with Chris Walker falling on the ball to score.At that point the Raiders dug in for a period of time before a truly bizarre passage of play. Ryan Hoffman was twice denied a try in the 34th and 36th minutes of the game through a combination of forward passes and obstructions. Showing character and determination, Hoffman gobbled up a ball in the 38th minute that was batted back by Matt Geyer to finally register a four-pointer and put his team ahead 22-2 and cruising into halftime.But you?ve got to wonder if Melbourne?s oranges were replaced with something more sinister at the break as they failed to score a single point in the second half.Instead it was Canberra who got on the board early through veteran second-rower Jason Croker. With centre Matt King interfering in a cut-out pass the ball ricocheted into Croker?s head and travelled forward into the in-goal area where he gleefully pounced on the loose pill.For the next 30 minutes both sides gave very little with the game lowering itself into some scrappy patches throughout. Both sides made line breaks but were unable to capitalise on them, a feature of the defence being Schifcofske?s classic tackling. I don?t know how much they pay that bloke, but it?s not enough.Chris Walker went close to scoring his double in the 75th minute of the game but the ball beat him over the line. Canberra then collected a late consolation try in the 78th minute through Queensland Origin hero Adam Mogg who dummied close to the line and scored. With Schifcofske?s conversion the final scoreline was 22-12 but not before the odd scuffle broke out, demonstrating an undercurrent of dislike between the two most southern clubs on the mainland.Scorers:Melbourne Storm: 22Tries: Chris Walker, Ryan Hoffman, David Kidwell(2)Goals: Cameron Smith 3/4Canberra Raiders: 12Tries: Jason Croker, Adam MoggGoals: Clinton Schifcofske 2/3Halftime: Melbourne 22-2Crowd: 7,954By the Clock:Cool and slippery day down here at Olympic Park in our Southern Capital of Victoria. It shouldn't faze the Raiders considering their climate, so we should be in for a good game of footy.Plenty of changes in the forwards and bench for both teams. 1-7 are unchanged however:Melbourne has promoted Ian Donnelly to the starting side with Garrett Crossman out. Dallas Johnson is also out with Jamie Feeney being promoted to the starting side. Blair and Samau drop off the bench for Smith, Kaufusi, Friend and Cross.For the Raiders, Jason Williams starts at prop for Troy Thompson and Alan Rothery replaces the injured Tom Learoyd-Lars. Ben Jones is at lock with Alan Tongue moving to hooker following Simon Woolford's withdrawal. Trevor Thurling and Dane Tilse join Marshall Chalk and Michael Weyman on the bench.1 min: NEWS Canberra get us underway in the first half.2 min: PENALTY GOAL Canberra RaidersThe Raiders open the scoring with a penalty goal by Schifcofske following some hands in the play the ball area from Melbourne. Raiders 2-07 min: TRY Melbourne StormBunnies-bound backrower David Kidwell barges over from close range to post Melbourne's first try of the day. Smith adds the extras as the home team take the lead. Storm 6-213 min: NEWS Melbourne pressuring Canberra well with a charge down by Hill earning them another set of six. Canberra have dug in though and look for them to sneak up on the Storm.16 min: NEWS The Storm dominating possession with over 2/3 of the ball at the moment.17 min: TRY Melbourne StormKidwell bags a double as Cronk turns it inside for him to beat Weyman and score 10m left of the posts. He's going great guns at the moment. Smith converts again. Storm 12-219 min: TRY Melbourne StormThe Storm are running riot! Chris Walker latches onto a loose ball after Cronk put a clever chip/bomb near the Raiders line. Canberra let it bounce to their peril and are letting this one get away from them. Storm 18-224 min: NEWS Raiders dig themselves out of trouble with a great 40-20 from Todd Carney and an opportunity to attack.30 min: NEWS Storm press the Raiders line but Webster in held up.34 min: NEWS Storm narrowly miss out on another try after Hill popped the ball close to the line for Hoffman only to have it ruled forward.36 min: NEWS Hoffman denied for the second time in two minutes, this time for an obstruction. The video ref has ruled that Donnelly took Withers out of the action and Hoffman went through the gap to cross the line.38 min: TRY Melbourne StormPersistence pays off for Ryan Hoffman as he finally scores a legitimate try. Cronk put the ball up on the western flank and Geyer batted it back over the head of Crawley for the barnstorming backrower. Smith misses his first for the day but the Storm take the margin out to 20 point. Storm 22-240 min: NEWS Halftime: The boys hit the sheds with Melbourne holding a commanding 22-2 lead against the Raiders. They have dominated possession though, so you would expect that to be the case. Canberra can get back into the contest if they manage to hold the ball and play constructive footy, but the Storm will have plenty to say about that and should continue their winning ways at the top of the ladder.41 min: NEWS Melbourne restart play in the second half.44 min: TRY Canberra RaidersA good start to the second half by the Raiders as they score through Jason Croker's head. The ball swung wide and Melbourne's Matt King dashed up close to the line to intercept only to propel the ball into Croker's noggin. The burly second rower dived on the loose ball and scored. Schifcofske misses the goal from the sideline. Storm 22-653 min: NEWS Kidwell's off the field with a bit of a knock. Both sides settling into a groove at the moment.60 min: NEWS some scrappy play here as both sides seem to have lost their way a bit.70 min: NEWS Alan Tongue held up over the line.71 min: NEWS A bit of a scuffle breaks out between Webster and Frawley as the boys get a bit frustrated. It has added a spark of excitement to an otherwise dull half of footy.75 min: NEWS Walker narrowly misses scoring a double as the ball goes dead. Schifcofske has defended superbly in this second half.78 min: TRY Canberra RaidersMogg dummies his way through the defence close to the line for a nice consolation try. Schifcofske converts and the Raiders have put in a good effort today. Storm 22-1280 min: NEWS A fight breaks out on the fulltime siren with the boys letting off a bit of steam. Melbourne were always in control but will be disappointed that they didn't score a single point in the second half.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - David Kidwell2 - Cooper Cronk1 - Clinton Schifcofske-----------------------------------------
ROUND 15 Cronulla Sutherland Sharks 15 v Manly Sea Eagles 12at Toyota ParkReferees: Sean HampsteadMatch Summary:The Cronulla Sharks have entered the NRL Top 4 for the first time in 2006 after putting Manly away 15-12 in match definitely not for the purists. At a cold and windy Toyota Park, the Sea Eagles opened the scoring via Steve Menzies, after he was denied by a Brett Stewart forward pass in the previous set of six. A penalty conversion seen them go up 8-0 after 30 minutes until Greg Bird crossed for his first try to take the teams into halftime, Manly ahead by 8 points to 6. In the second half the Sharks were aided by a stiff breeze at their backs and countless repeat sets of six which they were unable to take full advantage of, despite levelling the scores through a Covell penalty from in front. Bird then scored his second try of the match from a pinpoint Kimmorley grubber kick and Cronulla seemed comfortable, leading by 6 with less than 10 minutes to go. Kimmorley then made sure of the result by potting a field goal in the dying minutes, still Manly refused to concede as Stewart scored an unconverted try in the last seconds of the game.As far as injuries go, the Sharks lost Phil Bailey early in the match to a suspected broken cheekbone. For Manly Luke Williamson shouldn't remember too much about his 8 minutes spent on the field after he was knocked out cold whilst tackling Sharks prop James Stosic. Five-eighth Travis Burns also left the field of play late in the match with an injury not known at this time.Scorers:Cronulla Sutherland Sharks: 15Tries: Greg Bird(2)Goals: Luke Covell 3/3Field Goals: Brett KimmorleyManly Sea Eagles: 12Tries: Steve Menzies, Brett StewartGoals: Travis Burns 2/2Halftime: Sea Eagles 8-6Crowd: 11,083By the Clock:Round 15 action comes from a cold Toyota Park as the Sharks take on the Manly Sea Eagles. Steve Bell is out of action, suffering a facial injury after a headclash with Steve Menzies in Origin II. Menzies will take his position in the centres, Luke Williamson will start in the second row, George Rose comes into the side and will start from the interchange bench. Cronulla line up as per program.1 min: NEWS Covell kicks off and it's game on6 min: NEWS An awful set of six by Manly sees them fail to get a decent kick away despite having 2 attempts. Sharks are on the attack now.8 min: NEWS Luke Williamson has been flattened after an attempted tackle on James Stosic. The Medicab comes out onto the field but Williamson rises to his feet and walks off unassisted.9 min: NEWS Albert flies high to catch a Kimmorley bomb, but knocks on in attempting to ground the ball - NO TRY - 20 metre restart to Manly.15 min: NEWS 15 minutes gone and nobody has been able to cross the stripe as yet. Kimmorley and Orford are going set for set in trying to break the line and set up the opening score for the night. 16 min: NEWS Video Ref is called upon to check a possible Manly try but the resulting call is NO TRY - 20 metre restart to the Sharks.18 min: NEWS Menzies scores in the corner but the play is called back for a forward pass by Stewart. 19 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesThis time Steve Menzies won't be denied as the Sea Eagles put on pretty much the same play that got called back for a forward pass a set earlier. Burns converts. Sea Eagles 6-024 min: PENALTY GOAL Manly Sea EaglesBurns knocks over a penalty shot after a Sharks infringement in the play-the-ball. Sea Eagles 8-027 min: NEWS Luke Covell takes a Kimmorley bomb but knocks on to send the play back to the 20 metre line. Sharks have had their chances but have been unable to convert anything into points thus far.29 min: INJURY News comes through that Phil Bailey will not play again tonight after suffering a suspected broken cheekbone. Sharks are down to 16 for the remainder of the match.30 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBird crosses out wide for the Sharks, giving them their first points 10 minutes out from halftime. Covell nails the conversion. Sea Eagles 8-635 min: NEWS Momentum has swung in favour of the Sharks in these last minutes before the break, they get a penalty and start on another attacking raid on the Sea Eagles line.38 min: NEWS Orford attempts a field goal but the ball takes a right turn off the boot and is waved away.HALFTIME. We go to oranges with Manly just shading the Sharks 8 points to 6. PENALTIES - Sharks 6-2COMPLETIONS - Sharks 16/24 Manly 14/20ERRORS - Sharks 9 Manly 641 min: NEWS Players are back out there, Burns kicks off and the second half is underway.43 min: NEWS Sharks get a repeat set early after the restart and go straight on the attack, but drop the ball cold at the play-the-ball.51 min: NEWS The Sharks waste a chance at points after earning another repeat set. 55 min: NEWS The Sharks butcher another chance after a great try saving tackle on Vagana by Dunley. 60 min: NEWS Great tryline defence sees Manly deny the Sharks again after yet another repeat set.61 min: PENALTY GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksCovell slots an easy penalty conversion to tie the match up at 8 all. The Sharks are enjoying great field position but they are failing to convert pressure into points, something which may come back to haunt them in the remaining 19 minutes. 8 all.64 min: NEWS Darren Albert goes down clutching at his throat after bringing down a runaway Menzies. He is ok though and play continues with the Sharks working the ball out from their own line.68 min: TRY Cronulla Sutherland SharksBird crosses for his second try after a pin-point grubber from Kimmorley. Pressure has finally paid off for Cronulla as Covell converts and the Sharks lead for the first time in the match. Sharks 14-873 min: NEWS Manly almost go over in the corner but end up in touch. 77 min: FIELD GOAL Cronulla Sutherland SharksKimmorley nails a sweetly hit field goal and the 2 points look like staying in the Shire. Sharks 15-878 min: TRY Manly Sea EaglesStewart crosses out wide to set up a nail biter. Hicks misses the conversion. Sharks 15-12FULLTIME - In a dour struggle the Sharks have come out on top 15 points to 12, and as a result they will spend the night at equal second on the NRL points table. Manly will be disappointed at the outcome considering they led the match 8-0 after half an hour.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Greg Bird2 - Brett Kimmorley1 - Paul Gallen-----------------------------------------
ROUND 15 Parramatta Eels 30 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 10at Parramatta StadiumReferees: Russell SmithMatch Summary:The Parramatta Eels have run out convincing 30-10 winners over the South Sydney Rabbitohs this evening at Parramatta Stadium.This was a clash between the bottom two teams on the NRL ladder and it showed in the quality of the game and the size of the crowd.Souths got out to an early four nil lead thanks to a try from veteran Paul Mellor but after that things went downhill in a hurry with the Eels scoring the next three tries in the first half to take a 16-4 lead into half time.The Eels then were first to score in the second half courtesy of a John Morris try and that pretty much sealed the match for the Eels and kept their slim finals hopes alive. While for the Bunnies, any thoughts of back to back wins were quickly snuffed out by the Eels as Souths failed to capitalise on the Eels unforced errors.Back to the drawing board for Souths as another wooden spoon becomes more of a reality while the Eels live to fight another day but they too face an uphill battle to make the finals in 2006.Scorers:Parramatta Eels: 30Tries: Nathan Hindmarsh, Peter-John Marsh, Fuifui Moimoi, John Morris, Brett DelaneyGoals: Mark Riddell 2/2, Brett Delaney 3/4South Sydney Rabbitohs: 10Tries: Manase Manuokafoa, Paul MellorGoals: Ben Walker 1/2Halftime: Eels 16-4Crowd: 10,097By the Clock: 1 min: NEWS We are underway at a chilly and sparsely populated Parramatta Stadium this evening.6 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsThe Bunnies have continues on from their win last week with the opening try to Paul Mellor this evening. Rabbitohs 4-015 min: NEWS Fifteen minutes gone and no change to the scores. Bunnies doing it comfortably at the moment.20 min: TRY Parramatta EelsA try you could sink your teeth into with the man with the name so good, you have to say it twice! That's right, Fui Fui Moi Moi has scored a try to give the Eels the lead. Eels 6-430 min: NEWS The Eels are leading but making too many unforced errors and that is keeping Souths in the game at the moment.32 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels move further ahead through a try to centre Brett Delaney. Eels 10-440 min: TRY Parramatta EelsOn the stroke of half time the Eels have taken a commanding lead over Souths. P J Marsh was the try scorer this time and the Eels are looking good for a change. Eels 16-441 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half!46 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels are doing their for and against a world of good and are starting to humiliate the poor old Bunnies. Eels 22-458 min: NEWS Midway through the second half and the Eels are in crusie control. It would take an act of God to get the Bunnies across the line in this match.70 min: TRY South Sydney RabbitohsSouths score with ten through Manase Manuokafoa to go to narrow the deficit to two converted tries. Can the Eels lose this one? Stanger things have happened... Eels 22-1074 min: ATTEMPTED PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsThe Eels put the issue beyond doubt with a penalty goal to Mark Riddell. Eels 22-1074 min: PENALTY GOAL Parramatta EelsThe Eels put the issue beyond doubt with Mark Riddell slotting the penalty goal to seal the match. Eels 24-1078 min: TRY Parramatta EelsThe Eels have reached thirty points through a try to Nathan Hindmarsh. Good result for the Eels and their for and against. Eels 30-1080 min: NEWS The Eels have run out convincing 30-10 winners over South Sydney to keep their faint finals hopes alive while the Bunnies edge closer to yet another wooden spoon.-----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Nathan Hindmarsh2 - Fuifui Moimoi1 - Mark Riddell-----------------------------------------
ROUND 15 Wests Tigers 26 v Sydney Roosters 14at Telstra StadiumReferees: Gavin BadgerMatch Summary:The Wests Tigers have possibly destroyed the Sydney Roosters hopes of making the top eight by defeating them 26-14 at Telstra Stadium. The Roosters failed to do the simple things right which resulted in careless passes, sloppy kicks and drop-ball. The Tigers however, played a simple game based on field position and completions which were two things the Roosters struggled to maintain.The Roosters started strong with an early lead of 10-0 twenty eight minutes into the game. It seemed the Roosters were going to go into half-time without any points scored against them but this wasn?t the case as Crockett juggled the ball over line to get the scoreboard ticking for his team. The second-half saw the Tigers control the game. They dominated possession and starved the Roosters of any chance of a second-half comeback. In a finish which highlighted how exciting the game was, Beni Marshall showed a piece of individual brilliance by stepping, dummying and finally giving a magnificent flick-pass to Dean Collis who crossed the white line to register four points. With the Roosters now having to win seven out of their last ten matches, their hopes of making the eight are rapidly diminishing. Scorers:Wests Tigers: 26Tries: Dean Collis, Robert Farah, Ben Galea, Benji Marshall, Michael CrockettGoals: Brett Hodgson 3/5Sydney Roosters: 14Tries: Ryan Cross, Chris Flannery, Shaun FoleyGoals: Craig Fitzgibbon 1/2, Amos Roberts 0/1Halftime: Tigers 12-10Crowd: 19,360By the Clock:Welcome to Telstra Stadium for the clash between the Wests Tigers and Sydney Roosters. Both teams need a win desperately tonight to keep their finals hopes alive.All origin players will back-up tonight. Both teams are as per program.It's going to be chilly winters night, but despite that, perfect conditions for a rugby league game.KICKOFF - Benji Marshall gets us underway. 1 min: NEWS Penalty to Roosters. Tigers were off-side at the kick-off. 4 min: NEWS Tupou makes a great run, passing the half way line but the Roosters fail to capitalise, Morley knocks on. 6 min: NEWS Tigers on the attack. Marshall fires a wide ball out to the wing but it finds the side-line. 8 min: NEWS Sloppy play by both teams in the first few moments of the game. Anasta kicks the ball Soccer style on the last tackle. 13 min: NEWS Finch puts up a high ball on the 5th. Tigers knock it on. Scrum feed to Roosters 10m out.14 min: NEWS Hodgson manages to hold up Fitzgibbon over the line. 16 min: TRY Sydney RoostersBrett Finch puts a brilliant grubber kick in for his chasers, Hodgson loses the ball over the line and Foley manages to ground it. Roosters 6-018 min: NEWS Tigers attack the Roosters right hand side and end up forcing a goal line drop-out.21 min: NEWS Strong defence from the Roosters prevents the Tigers from scoring. Tigers are penalised for pushing Foley back over the try line after the tackle is completed. 23 min: TRY Sydney RoostersA briliant solo effort from Cross, as he manages to take on two Tigers players and ground the ball inside the in-goal. Roosters 10-028 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince throws a dummy, breaks the line and sets his team up well inside the Roosters 20. The ball goes through the hands until it reaches Crockett who juggles the ball over the sideline to score. Roosters 10-630 min: TRY Wests TigersThe Tigers have managed to run the length of the field in that set of six. Prince runs at the line and once again sets his team up for a try through Galea. Hodgson converts. Tigers 12-1035 min: NEWS Hodgson is tackled high by Soliola. The tackle is placed on report. Penalty awarded to Tigers. 38 min: NEWS Tigers make a huge mistake inside their own 20, the ball ends up inside the Tigers in-goal and Roberts dives on it. Try is disallowed.HALFTIME - Tigers 12 Roosters 10Well it's been an exciting first half. Both teams have shown brilliance in attack and their defence has been solid as well. The Tigers need to look at their one on one tackles and the Roosters need to impove on their completions.42 min: NEWS Tigers come out firing. Price puts a monster of a bomb up but young Foley leaps high and takes it. 44 min: NEWS Shackleton drops the ball whilst trying to play it. Referee Badger lets it go. 48 min: NEWS Prince puts a small grubber kick in to the in-goal and forces a goal line drop-out.50 min: TRY Wests TigersFarrah puts in a kick from dummy-half and it finds Marshall who scores. Hodgson adds the extras. Tigers 18-1051 min: TRY Wests TigersPrince puts in a banana kick which finds a Roosters player who loses it. The ball goes to the left through the hands. Farah goes himself from dummy-half and burrows over for the try. Hodgson narrowly misses the conversion. Tigers 22-1058 min: NEWS So far the Tigers have had all the ball in the second-half. Second Half Possesion: Tigers 68% Roosters 38%64 min: NEWS Roosters continue to struggle to complete their sets after Flannery puts in a shocker of a kick. 66 min: NEWS A superb one on one tackle from Farah forces Wing to lose the ball. 70 min: NEWS Galea makes an attempt at a field-goal but misses. 72 min: TRY Sydney RoostersFinch kicks high to his right wing where Soliola jumps and knocks it back for Flannery who grounds it. Video Referee awards the try.Roberts fails to convert. Tigers 22-1476 min: TRY Wests TigersMarshall dumies and steps before giving a briliant flick pass to Collis who scores. Hodgson fails to add the two. Tigers 26-14FULLTIME - Tigers 26 Roosters 14What a game! It was a well deserved win by the Tigers who looked dazzling whenever they touched the ball. The Roosters once agian played well in patches but their completions lost them the game. -----------------------------------------Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:3 - Robert Farah2 - Scott Prince1 - Benji Marshall-----------------------------------------
DOLPHIN Oval, Sunday June 18, 3.00pm
Referee: Michael Wise
TWO solid wins and a disappointing loss for the Dolphins last weekend when the Wizard Cup side prevailed against the Comets and the Colts proved too strong for the Western District Panthers, unfortunately the A Grade suffered their second loss of the year to the last placed Panthers who take the bragging rights for season 2006.
QUEENSLAND and Toyota Cowboys half Johnathan Thurston will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness for this weekend's game against the Bulldogs.
BULLDOGS centre Willie Tonga has rejected the Club's offer and will go to June 30 to test the market with other NRL clubs.
QUEENSLAND'S State of Origin hero Adam Mogg said he will be focused and ready for the Raider's round 15 clash against the Storm this weekend, despite the huge week he has just gone through in the lead up to, and including Game II of this year's series.Mogg said his feet are firmly planted on the ground after Wednesday night's two try performance, and he is ready to tackle the Storm head on Sunday afternoon."It's great to be back home and around the boys you train hard with every week," Mogg said. "I'm looking forward to getting stuck into Melbourne this week."Mogg said the chance to increase the Raiders winning run to four has been a huge incentive for the side this weekend, but he is aware of how hard it's been in the past for a Canberra side to get a win against Melbourne, especially at their home of Olympic Park."It's a big game and the Storm are the favourite at the moment as they are playing really good footy," he said. "It will be a big challenge that I'm looking forward to it."Mogg said the Raiders should have been celebrating players being picked for representative duties earlier in the season, and he hopes his selection will lead to other Canberra based players gaining the recognition they deserve."We wear our hearts on our sleeves every week when we run out," he said. "Hopefully a few guys who should have been in Country Origin this year get a bit more notice and we get a few players in the future."Raiders Captain Clinton Schifcofske said the past three week's for the Raiders have really boosted the whole team's confidence, and he expects things to improve even more with another Raider win on Sunday."We've had three really close wins and the sort of wins you can draw confidence from," Schifcofske said. "We are at the halfway point of the season and we are in pretty good shape."Schifcofske hinted to a similar situation last season where the Raiders were on the ropes due to an alarming injury toll, but said there were positive signs this season that the reverse is happening to that statistic."I think the coach said this time last year we were falling apart a bit," he said. "This year though we've had a few blokes who have had injuries coming back into the side, with Troy Thompson, Jason Smith, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Moggy back from origin, so it's a positive step."
THE Catalans Dragons have confirmed the signing of 26-year-old utility player Casey McGuire.
THE agony for the Ergon Energy Broncos continued today with Test fullback Karmichael Hunt ruled out for at least two months with a fractured bone in his left foot.
SALFORD and Leeds announce squads
HULL and Quins announce squads
BULLS and Saints announce squads
QUEENSLAND centre Justin Hodges has been ruled out of Brisbane's side for tonight's NRL clash with St George-Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium. Hodges suffered a knee injury in the State of Origin win over NSW on Wednesday night and was ruled unfit this morning.