NEWS Lodge's league exile officially over

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    Broncos forward Matt Lodge has been named for trial against Titans


    February 13, 2018

    MATT Lodge’s 966-day exile from the NRL is officially over with the controversial Broncos prop to return to the big time in Saturday night’s trial against the Titans in Toowoomba.

    Lodge will get a taste of top-grade action for the first time in almost three years when he makes his starting debut for the Broncos at prop at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

    Broncos coach Wayne Bennett will roll out a number of big guns, with Sam Thaiday to captain a 21-man squad that contains James Roberts, Jordan Kahu, Kodi Nikorima, Alex Glenn and Corey Oates.

    But all eyes will be on 116kg monster Lodge, who last appeared in the NRL in June 2015 as a rookie 19-year-old front-rower against Penrith at Leichhardt Oval.

    It has been a long and painful journey back to the top flight for the now 22-year-old Lodge, who was arrested by American police following a drunken rampage in New York in October 2015.

    Lodge was outstanding last season for feeder-club Redcliffe in the Intrust Super Cup and after being registered by the NRL four months ago, Bennett handed the prop a 12-month contract.

    The highly-skilled Lodge is in line to be part of Brisbane’s starting front-row for their premiership opener against the Dragons and Thaiday backed his engine-room cohort to impress against the Titans.

    “(Having Lodge) means a bit of size and a bit of aggression out on the field for us,” said Thaiday, who took part in a Story Bridge climb to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House.

    “He is a fantastic ball player as well, he is just going to give us some creativity in the forward pack and I’m looking forward to seeing what ‘Lodgey’ can do this year.

    “He has been in our system since last year and just for a few reasons, he didn’t get the opportunity to get a run last year.

    “I’m sure that he will be itching to get out there and play and prove a lot of people wrong.”

    The Broncos will field an exciting backline with speed machines Jamayne Isaako, Jonus Pearson and Roberts to feature in the back five.

    Utility Todd Murphy gets another chance to press his claims for the No. 14 jumper for the NRL premiership, starting at hooker, while 17-year-old young gun David Fifita will come off the bench.

    Another on interchange is former Maroons winger Corey Oates, who has made no secret of his desire to play in the back row this season.

    The trial will also be a valuable hitout for Nikorima in his quest to be Brisbane’s long-term halfback and Thaiday backed the Kiwi Test utility to succeed.

    “His record with ‘Milf’ (Anthony Milford) last year was great when Ben Hunt was out,” he said.

    “He was one of the standout players for New Zealand (at last year’s World Cup).

    “He is not given the credit that is due, but he will want to get out there this year and prove people wrong.

    “He has been doing a fair bit of training in the pre-season in that halfback position and putting in the hard yards to make sure he can secure that No. 7 jersey.”

    BRONCOS TEAM: Jamayne Isaako, Jonus Pearson, James Roberts, Tom Opacic, Jordan Kahu, Sam Scarlett, Kodi Nikorima, Matt Lodge, Todd Murphy, Sam Thaiday (c), Alex Glenn, Jaydn Su’A, Tevita Pangai Jnr. Bench: Sam Tagataese, Joe Ofahengaue, Korbin Sims, David Fifita, Gehamat Shibasaki, George Fai, Shaun Nona, Corey Oates. Coach: Kurt Richards

    * Tickets for the Broncos v Cowboys round-two blockbuster at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, March 16 will go on sale to the public from 10am Wednesday.

    Source: Courier Mail
     
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  1. Wild Horse

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    sweeet..
     
  2. jarro65

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    Looking forward to seeing what all the hype is about.
     
  3. Tera

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    Strong squad. Have Titans released their team yet?
     
  4. Cult3

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    They're waiting for the Panthers to release their team first
     
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  5. Broncapz

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    He hasn't permanently done anyone damage and deserves a second chance, be it on thin ice.

    Then again, if it would win us a premiership I would probably clone and recruit Hitler.
     
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  6. Marty Deutschmann

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    Golden hahahaha
     
  7. Jedhead

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    But what position would you play him though?
     
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  8. Cult3

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    Reich Centre?
     
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  9. Bravo, well played.
     
  10. roo-ted

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    I'd hate to be those GC players that have to face this big unit, especially when he's got something to prove.
     
  11. big k

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    That is one huge forward pack. Lodge, Offa, Fai, TPJ, Thaiday, Fifita and Oates
     
  12. Socnorb

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    Hitler has no game management.
     
  13. ivanhungryjak

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    He could get his forwards to punch through the middle. They just couldn't last the full eighty though...
     
  14. Socnorb

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    guaranteed he would always bomb first.
     
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  15. Foordy

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    it not as big as it appears

    Oates is a big back ... but not a big forward ... he is only 105kg

    Fai and Fifita will be on the fringe at best and will probably play very little. and our 3 likely starting back rowers are all under 105kg (Glenn 101kg, Gillett 100kg, McGuire 104kg)
     
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  16. Marty Deutschmann

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    Forwards who play off him always seem to be gassed.
     
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  17. Kyall

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    Over 100 kg is small to you bloody hell I can’t imagine how big you want our forwards.
     
  18. Alec

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    You don't really want your edge back rowers to be too heavy. They have to be fairly mobile and be able to change angles andn what not. Oates has a fantastic build for a edge back rower, it's just his injury prone body that might be the problem.
     
  19. Foordy

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    you have been one of the ones complaining that our pack is too small because our forwards aren't all well over 110kg ... have you changed your opinion?
     

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