Retiring Brisbane star Justin Hodges will miss the NRL grand final unless he successfully challenges a dangerous throw charge at the judiciary this week.
Hodges, 33, was on Sunday cited by the NRL match review committee for his 57th-minute tackle on Sydney Roosters second-rower Aidan Guerra in Friday’s preliminary final win.
The grade one charge attracts 125 base penalty points but two prior non-similar offences lifts the total to 175.
Unless he fights the charge and wins, the veteran centre will miss a fairytale finish to his 250-game NRL career.
Queensland teammate Guerra has already come out in defence of the representative star.
“I think common sense will prevail on that tackle,” he said after the match on Friday.
“It was a penalty – nothing more, nothing less.
“He’ll be right.”
Should Hodges be suspended, 23-year-old Lachlan Maranta is likely to take his place in the decider against North Queensland.