Ben Hannant

Although it was the game that kept the Brisbane Broncos in the finals hunt, it will be the potential season-ending injuries to Justin Hodges, Trent Merrin and Josh Dugan that will be the talking points, as the Broncos downed the St George Illawarra Dragons in a nail-biter, winning 26-24.

The win was bittersweet for the Broncos, with star centre Justin Hodges suffering a potential season-ending injury, a ruptured Achilles.

The injury at this point of the season, one of that nature, means that Hodges will not be available until mid 2014 and despite the latest setback, Hodges says he will be back.

“I’ll get some scans but I think so (torn Achilles). I did the right one a couple of years ago, it’s a long process, but I’ve been through it before,” Hodges told Channel Nine.

“I will get back at some stage next year, but it’s just a bit of a hard road ahead.

“I think it’s more a nine to 10 month injury so I hope to be back mid next year.”

With four wins from their final four games needed to make the finals, the loss of Hodges is a blow in more ways than one for the club but they can take confidence out of the nail-biting win in front of just under 32,000 fans.

It was a back and forth game, as the Dragons looked to make life difficult for the opponents around them, fighting valiantly and determinedly to stay in the contest.

Young five-eighth Adam Quinlan did his best to spark something, finishing up with two tries in what was perhaps his best first-grade performance to date.

The news was not much better on the injury front for the Dragons and to compound their loss, Trent Merrin (knee) and Josh Dugan (thumb) will face nervous waits on whether their seasons are over.

Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin compared his side’s recent injury troubles in the back-line to that of the Bermuda Triangle, a mysterious area.

“I can’t figure out his whole body – it just keeps breaking,” Griffin said.

“The last recovery process was very long. It took him a whole year to get over the last one.

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