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I am only getting better: Hodges

Wayne Heming 07/05/2011 12:38:14 PM Comments (0)

Queensland Test centre Justin Hodges delivered some some bad news for NSW Origin fans after Friday night's Test - "I'm still building my way back".

While the immediate future of Maroons strike player Greg Inglis is uncertain after he injured the hip he had a pre-season operation on in the Test win, Hodges is delighted with how his comeback from a ruptured Achilles is progressing.

"I'm getting confidence each week. I'm still building on it," Hodges declared.

"There's still a few areas I need to work on but I'm very happy with the way my comeback is going.

"I really can't ask for anything more."

Inglis will have scans to determine if he has suffered a further tear in his hip but Australian team doctor Paul Annett said he could possibly keep playing with the injury.

Hodges looked a threat every time he touched the ball, stretching New Zealand's left side defence at every opportunity.

He even put in a left foot grubber in the second half which rookie winger Jharal Yow Yeh went close to scoring off.

"It was a lot quicker than I remember," admitted the Brisbane centre.

He said it was disappointing to see his Queensland centre partner Inglis hurt so early in the Test.

"It was pretty bad for GI to go down like that but luckily we had big Jamal (Idris) on the bench. I thought he did really well for his first game," Hodges said.

Idris scored a brutal try on debut smashing through four Kiwi defenders powerless to stop the dreadlocked giant.

"I think he's 118kgs, imagine try to stop something like that," Hodges said.

"It's a very scary sight. Even late in the first half when Simon (Mannering) cut him down, it's a scary sight trying to tackle him at full pace.

Inglis might have that job in the first Origin game at Suncorp Stadium on May 25.

"He (Idris) is a right centre like me so I'm safe," grinned Hodges.

"But if I had to mark up on him I'd need to get up on him before he gets those big legs pumping."

Hodges said Brisbane team mate Yow Yeh had done well to recover from an early error to have a top Test debut.

"I thought he played really well in his first game on a big occasion. He probably didn't know what to expect," said Hodges who has been in representative side for almost a decade.

Yow Yeh scored a nice try on debut in a strong strong all round which included sending Kiwi five-eighth Benji Marshall flying backwards after one of his big runs.

"We all make errors but I thought Jharal did really well to turn it around," Hodges said.

"Some players who do that in their game will go and hide but it's a credit to him he came out and played hard."

Yow Yeh was still on a high hours after the game.

"I really wanted another one (try) in my first Test but it didn't happen," he said.

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