He was out of action for 585 days due to lengthy injury delays, but it was almost as if he had not missed a game of footy at all, with Justin Hodges the star as the Broncos beat the Titans 14-8 courtesy of a 71st minute Hodges try.

Hodges, who was playing in his first game since the 2009 finals series, following a ruptured achilles injury and hamstring injury in 2010, looked as good as ever.

With the Titans heading into the break leading 6-0, courtesy of a great solo effort from centre, and former Bronco Steve Michaels, the game was not without controversy though.

The Titans had two big calls go against them, with the first one being Anthony Laffranchi crashing over the line in the 31st minute, only to be ruled held up, before video ref Russell Smith came to a decision of refs call.

The second incident involved play-maker Scott Prince, when he put up a bomb, only for the refs to rule a knock-on in the air off the Titans.

Both calls were those that could have gone either way, but it went the way of the Broncos in this case.

There were injury concerns for both teams however, with Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman and Titans second-rower Ashley Harrison suffering lower leg and hamstring injuries respectively.

For new Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin, he said that the hard-fought win would do wonders for the Broncos confidence.

For Griffin, he said that the best part of the game was: “the full-time hooter”.

Skipper Darren Lockyer, who said that Hodges called for the ball before the match-winner said that:

“It was vintage Hodges, wasn’t it?

“He wanted the ball from the scrum even though there were three defenders on his side.”

For Titans coach John Cartwright, he thought his side were much improved from their drubbing at the hands of Melbourne in Rd 2.

“We controlled the play the ball better and we hustled a lot harder,” he said.

“We had three tries disallowed, just one could have made the difference.

“They came up with one great play (Hodges’s try) that put them in front. That’s why those guys get the big dollars.”

BRISBANE 14 (A Glenn, J Hodges tries; C Parker 3 goals, P Wallace field goal) bt GOLD COAST 8 (S Michaels try; S Prince 2 goals) at Skilled Park. Referee: Gavin Badger, Brett Suttor. Crowd: 20,226.

Dally M Points

3 Justin Hodges

2 Darren Lockyer

1 Alex Glenn

By ricky

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