Hunt's health gives Henjak headache

BRISBANE face an anxious wait to learn if star fullback Karmichael Hunt will be fit for their NRL season opener against North Queensland.

New coach Ivan Henjak made a winning debut as Wayne Bennett's successor as Brisbane came from 0-12 down to beat a young Canberra side 30-16 in front of a 10,500 crowd at Dolphin Oval on Saturday night.

But Hunt's early departure after tearing abdominal muscles attempting to score put a dampener on Henjak's night.

The 22-year-old fullback is to undergo scans today.

Hunt yesterday rated himself a chance of playing the opener against the Cowboys on March 13.

“We'll know a bit more on Monday when we get him scanned but he's got an abdominal tear,” Henjak said.

“Hopefully he'll be right for the start of the season but we're probably looking at two or three weeks.”

Impressive young speedster Gerard Beale would be a possible replacement if Hunt's stomach scans reveal anything more than minor internal damage.

Henjak already has a backline headache with Justin Hodges expected to miss the first few games following off-season shoulder surgery.

In other trials played at the weekend, Sydney Roosters downed Wests Tigers' 16-12, Parramatta beat Penrith 18-10 and St George Illawarra continued their bright pre-season with a 24-12 win over the Bulldogs.



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