Boyd close to come­back as Moga de­fects

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PE­TER BADEL

BRIS­BANE skip­per Dar­ius Boyd is poised to make an early re­turn from in­jury as coach Wayne Ben­nett con­firmed cen­tre Tau­tau Moga is the sec­ond Bronco to de­fect to New­cas­tle.

In a ma­jor boost for the Bron­cos, Boyd is ahead of sched­ule in his re­cov­ery from a bro­ken thumb and hopes to be back for Bris­bane’s Round 21 clash against Par­ra­matta on Fri­day week.

The Bron­cos wel­comed star pivot An­thony Mil­ford’s come­back against the Knights last Satur­day night and the im­mi­nent re­turn of Boyd will re­store or­der to Bris­bane’s play­mak­ing spine.

The classy cus­to­dian suf­fered the set­back in Ori­gin II and while he was dis­ap­pointed to miss Queens­land’s win in the de­cider, Boyd’s hopes of skip­per­ing Bris­bane to a ti­tle re­main in­tact.

Boyd did some light run­ning with his hand in a cast at Bron­cos train­ing last Fri­day.

“I’m not too far away,” he said.

“I still have the pins in my hand so the sooner I have the pins taken out, the sooner I will be back.

“I don’t think I will be right for the Bull­dogs game ( this Thurs­day night), but I think the week or two af­ter that I will be right.”

Boyd was in the thick of Queens­land’s dress­ing- room cel­e­bra­tions last Wed­nes­day night but ad­mits he found it dif­fi­cult af­ter hav­ing his 28game Ori­gin streak bro­ken.

“It was hard to miss a game like that,” he said.

Bron­cos full­back Dar­ius Boyd.

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