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Hodges facing two-match NRL ban

04/08/2008 07:00:18 PM Comments (0)

Stunned Brisbane officials will argue Justin Hodges was letting out his frustration and not gesturing directly at referee Tony Archer after the Test centre was slapped with a contrary conduct charge.

Two weeks after returning from a six-game suspension for a dangerous throw on Parramatta hooker Mark Riddell, Hodges is facing a possible two-match NRL ban after being charged with making an abusive gesture towards Archer during Brisbane's 34-6 over Canberra on Sunday.

Chief executive Bruno Cullen said the club's staff would go over video of the incident on Tuesday but were almost certain to contest the charge on the grounds that other players had been far more aggressive in approaching referees without being charged.

"We've had a look at the vision they've charge him on and at this stage we think we'll defend it," a disappointed Cullen told AAP.

"It was an act of frustration, he didn't say anything to Archer.

"We're quite taken aback by the charge because he was walking away from the referee.

"You constantly see players running at referees shouting abuse at them and none of them get charged for that."

Game footage shows Hodges making a gesture with his arm bent.

Cullen said Hodges had been hit with the same charge as Cowboys forward Luke O'Donnell earlier this year but said O'Donnell had approached an official in a far more aggressive fashion.

"You hear referees say `don't charge at me like that' or `don't talk to me in that aggressive manner'.

"To me those things are a lot stronger than what Hodgo did, he didn't give him a finger or two fingers.

"We're not saying we want it to happen, we're saying maybe a fine and warning that it's not acceptable."

In other judiciary news, Gold Coast pivot Mat Rogers is facing a one-week ban for making unnecessary contact with the head of Melbourne winger Steve Turner on Friday night.

The tackle wasn't in the realm of the traditional grapple tackle, with Rogers appearing pull at the Turner's face as the diminutive flyer attempted to get up to play the ball.

Cronulla duo Isaac De Gois and Kade Snowden were charged for their role in a lifting tackle on St George Illawarra winger Jason Nightingale in Saturday night's thrilling one-point win over the Dragons.

De Gois can escape suspension with an early guilty plea, while Snowden is facing a two-match ban whether he pleads guilty or contests the charge.

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