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Sunday, August 03, 2014

SYDNEY - Brisbane star Justin Hodges is confident he will miss only one NRL game after straining his hamstring in the Broncos' 16-4 loss to Manly on Friday.

The representative centre limped off at the half hour mark of the round 21 clash and has a history of hamstring injuries.

But Hodges says he doesn't believe the complaint will rule him out for the rest of the NRL season.

He is resigned to miss Friday's Suncorp Stadium clash against Canterbury but hopes to be back for the round 23 match against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

"I think it is just a grade one, I came out of dummy half and stepped," Hodges said.

"It has been pretty good all year, it is a bit of a pain to pick one up now but hopefully it is just a week and it is not too bad.

"I have had that many I know what a good one and a bad one feels like.

"I just realise that I did it and I came off and not (wanting to) stir it up any more.

"Hopefully I will miss just a week and be right for Souths."

The loss to Manly is likely to leave Brisbane out of the top eight at the end of the weekend, but Hodges is confident the Broncos can make the finals and have an impact in September.

"We have the side to do anything," he said.

"The hardest thing is to get through the 26 rounds, when you get to finals football that is the most exciting part of the year.

"It doesn't matter what you have done for the 26 rounds, it is out the window.

"So for us it just a matter of getting in there.

"Manly is the best side so far and we were not far off the mark.

"They have quality players all over the park and they compete for 80 minutes, that's what makes them so good.

"But I have so much confidence in my players that if we get into the eight we will give it a real good shake."





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