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Hodges' hit on Morris under NRL scrutiny

David Beniuk 18/09/2011 06:13:38 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane centre Justin Hodges could be hit with a contrary conduct charge for his controversial tackle on an injured Brett Morris in Saturday night's NRL semi-final win.

The league's match review committee will on Monday examine the incident, which occurred in the second half of the dramatic 13-12 victory over St George Illawarra at Suncorp Stadium.

Morris had suffered an ankle syndesmosis injury after catching a kick and falling to the ground in obvious pain before Hodges ran several metres to fall heavily on the winger, despite Dragons players signalling he was injured.

The two representative stars appeared to reconcile after the incident, but committee chairman Greg McCallum and his team will decide whether it contravened the spirit of the game.

Match review committee members believe the incident is almost unprecedented, with Justin Poore's attempt to lift an unconscious Steve Price in the 2009 State of Origin series the most similar to it in recent times.

Ironically, it was Hodges who later called NSW's treatment of Price, which also resulted in Trent Waterhouse's send-off, a "dog act".

Saturday night's incident caused outrage on Sunday radio programs, with commentators quick to describe it as unsportsmanlike.

Test centre Hodges was rubbed out for two weeks in 2008 on a contrary conduct charge for making an inappropriate gesture to referee Tony Archer.

Brisbane face more trouble ahead of Friday night's grand final qualifier against Manly with halfback Peter Wallace placed on report for a first-half high shot on Dragons fullback Darius Boyd.

Dragons players declined to speak to the media when they arrived back in Sydney on Sunday.

Morris' leg is in a moon boot but a Dragons statement said fears of a fractured ankle had been allayed by scans.

The Test winger is expected to recover in time for the start of the pre-season under new coach Steve Price in November, but will undergo further tests this week.

"Brett suffered syndesmosis in the ligaments high above his ankle which is usually a six-week turnaround to heal," Dragons doctor Thomas Carrigan said.

"We took him to the local hospital following the game with the scans there showing no obvious fracture.

"We will now arrange for an MRI to take place during the week to further evaluate."

Morris courageously played on before crawling from the field in agony after leaping to defuse a Broncos bomb in the 67th minute.

"It was a tough blow to end the season like I did but I'm in good hands and am certain I'll be fit again soon," he said in the statement.

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