23 Aug 2011

Broncos crush Knights

6:19 am on 23 August 2011

The Brisbane Broncos weakened Newcastle's tenuous grip on a top-eight place in the NRL with a 26-6 win last night in Newcastle.

The Broncos' win consolidates their third place on trhe table, but it may have come at a heavy price as their star centre Justin Hodges limped off the field early in the second half with his third hamstring injury of the season.

The Knights back-rower Matt Hilder was rushed to hospital with a head gash described by the team's doctor as the worst he had seen in his 23 years in the NRL, and the only one he hasn't stitched himself.