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Broncos rule out Kahu for Knights NRL game

The injury curse has struck again for unlucky winger Jordan Kahu ahead of Brisbane's must-win NRL clash with Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
Broncos rule out Kahu for Knights NRL game
by AAP

BRISBANE, Aug 29 AAP - The injury curse has struck again for unlucky winger Jordan Kahu ahead of Brisbane's must-win NRL clash with Newcastle at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin said Kahu had suffered a quad strain and would be replaced by Lachlan Maranta for the crunch showdown with the Knights.

It has forced yet another backline reshuffle for the Broncos who have endured injuries throughout the season, most notably a year-ending achilles tear to veteran centre Justin Hodges.

And it was another setback for Kahu who returned in round four after two knee reconstructions in the past two years, only to break his thumb and then his hand.

Griffin said he opted for Maranta over young gun Jordan Drew who made his NRL debut three weeks ago.

"We are going to go with Lachie. It is good for him to get another chance. He's been out for a month or so," he said.

"He has been thrown into the deep end a few times since making his debut 12 months ago but he has always done his best."

Maranta faces a daunting task trying to combat Newcastle's match-winning back three of Darius Boyd, Akuila Uate and James McManus after forcing his way back into the side following a stint in the second-tier Queensland Cup.

After losing last round 28-12 to Penrith, Brisbane are still just one point outside the top eight but sit 13th on a congested NRL ladder with two rounds left.




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