5 Aug 2008

Broncos say anger not directed at referee

11:39 am on 5 August 2008

Brisbane officials will argue Justin Hodges was letting out his frustration and not gesturing directly at referee Tony Archer after the National Rugby League Judiacry slapped the Broncos Test centre with a contrary conduct charge.

Two weeks after returning from a six-game suspension for a dangerous throw on Parramatta hooker Mark Riddell, Hodges faces a possible two-match NRL ban after being charged with making an abusive gesture towards Archer during Brisbane's 34-6 over Canberra on Sunday.

Chief executive Bruno Cullen says the club's staff will go over video of the incident today but are almost certain to contest the charge because other players had been far more aggressive in approaching referees without being charged.

Meranwhile Gold Coast's pivot Mat Rogers is facing a one-week ban for making unnecessary contact with the head of Melbourne winger Steve Turner on Friday night.

Cronullas's Isaac De Gois and Kade Snowden have been charged for their role in a lifting tackle on St George Illawarra winger Jason Nightingale.

De Gois can escape suspension with an early guily plea, while Snowden faces a two-match ban whether he pleads guilty or contests the charge.