Brisbane Broncos will contest the NRL Grand Final after running in six tries to win an exhilarating Preliminary Final 31-12 against Sydney Roosters on Friday.
Broncos hard men and fellow former Sunshine Coast juniors Matt Gillett and Jack Reed were superb throughout the encounter in helping Brisbane to its first grand final since 2006.
Guerra said at the weekend he had deliberately jumped forward in the offending tackle in a bid to earn his side a penalty.
Judiciary prosecutor Peter McGrath questioned Guerra’s testimony saying it amounted to him ’embarking upon the course of action to hurl himself head-first into the Suncorp Stadium turf’.
In a tense hearing that lasted 76 minutes, the Broncos veteran was found not guilty of the offence by the judiciary panel and will line up against North Queensland at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
Mr Pitt said the NRL judiciary’s acquittal of Hodges on a unsafe throw charge was a victory for common sense.
“I obviously have to go down [to Sydney] on Tuesday and fight the charge to live out my dream of playing the grand final”.
While still at the peak of their powers, Bennett noted that Father Time will eventually catch up on 33-year-old Parker, 30-year-old Thaiday and 29-year-old Blair and next week’s decider represented their best chance at glory after years of waiting in the grand final wilderness. You can’t ask for any more than that.
‘Well I’m still able bodied, ‘ Guerra replied.
Hodges’ defence counsel Nick Ghabar said that was primarily Guerra’s fault.
Shearer said it was “unbelievable” to have two Queensland teams in the grand final.
“I knew straight away that he jumped, and he felt the same”.
This year Robinson has made a point of resting his big name players post-State of Origin including Mitchell Pearce, Boyd Cordner and Aidan Guerra.