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INJURY NEWS: Hodgson escapes serious injury
BRETT Hodgson did not suffer any serious injury during the 16-6 defeat to Widnes Vikings at The Halliwell Jones Stadium last night, according to coach Tony Smith.
The full back caught Hep Cahill’s arm to the face as he went to collect a Kevin Brown bomb in the final minutes of the first half, a tackle that resulted in a bleeding Hodgson being carried off in a neck brace following Cahill’s dismissal.
“He is fine,” said Smith.
“When I say fine, he is slow, but ok.
“He has got some wear and tear on his nose, it was split.
“He has got stitches on his nose and like a an ‘L’ shaped cut, but he is fine in terms of everything else.
“He has got his wits about him and all the parts of his anatomy that should be working aside from his nose is working.”
Referee Phil Bentham wasted little time deciding to give the Vikings loose forward his marching orders, leaving the visitors with just 12 men for the entire second half.
Smith, however, believes there was no malice in the tackle.
“I didn’t any replays but he has been sent off and that will be dealt by the appropriate people at the appropriate time,” he said.
“I don’t like to see anyone sent off in a game of rugby league and I know he is not a dirty player by any means.
“It was a bit of an awkward situation for him and I’ve got no doubt that he wasn’t trying to take Brett out in any way, things just went wrong.
“That can happen and I’m sure there was no malice in it.
“Both Hep and Denis were asking about him at half time and making sure that Brett was ok.”
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