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Hodges hit with two-match NRL ban

06/08/2008 08:25:14 PM Comments (0)

Broncos star Justin Hodges has learnt what's acceptable on the race track isn't on the rugby league field, the centre suspended for two matches after his gesture at NRL referee Tony Archer last weekend.

The three-man NRL Judiciary of Mal Cochrane, Bob Lindner and Darrell Williams deliberated for just over half an hour before finding Hodges guilty of a grade one contrary conduct charge.

Hodges, who only recently returned from a six-match ban for a dangerous throw, will miss the Broncos' matches against the Warriors and Dragons.

"I'm very disappointed with the outcome, I'm thankful I got a good hearing," Hodges said.

"I'm just going to serve my time and I'll then look forward to coming back in two weeks and playing some good footy."

The incident occurred just over an hour into the game after Archer awarded a penalty to Canberra when he deemed Brisbane winger Denan Kemp had illegally stripped the ball.

Hodges raised his right arm in a "up yours" salute behind Archer, who did not see the gesture.

He contended it was not directed towards Archer, who he said he thought had made the right decision.

Hodges said it was a gesture of frustration at the Broncos surrendering possession.

He didn't agree with judiciary counsel Peter Kite's contention that he had issued an "up yours" type gesture at the referee and revealed it was a motion he had used away from the rugby league field.

"I used it a few times at the race track getting home a horse." Hodges said.

Hodges' counsel Jim Hall said no abuse had accompanied the gesture and Archer could not have taken offence to it as he did not see the action.

Archer had his back to Hodges, who had urged him to look up at the big screen replay.

"It (the gesture) wasn't directed at the referee," Hodges said.

"It was just a bit of frustration."

With a plane to catch after the hearing, Hodges was unable to answer any questions from the assembled media after making a couple of brief comments.

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