Tweed Heads Seagulls prop Rod Griffin comes up against his former team, Northern Pride, at Piggabeen Sports, from 2pm today.
Tweed Heads Seagulls prop Rod Griffin comes up against his former team, Northern Pride, at Piggabeen Sports, from 2pm today. Scott Powick

Griffin expected to return

ROD Griffin will make a comeback to the Intrust Super Cup ahead of the finals, despite breaking his hand in the bruising derby against Burleigh Bears on Sunday.

The tough forward is expected to be back within two, to three weeks, with the finals still four rounds away.

Griffin's hand was the worst injury to come out of the clash, which coach Ben Anderson described as a war of attrition.

Griffin played on, and even scored a try with the injury, but eventually succumbed and left the field, epitomising the tough Seagulls approach on the day.

A total of 14 stitches were sewn into the heads of Seagulls' in the aftermath of the clash, with prop Josh Startling requiring five in the forehead, and backrower Cody Nelson needing nine in his ear.

Hooker Kayne Lawton also suffered a suspected rib cartilage injury, and could play football on the weekend with an injection.

Halfback, Brad Davis' shoulder is fine, but Anderson is considering giving the play maker a rest.

The Bears targeted Davis all day, and one of their players, Blake Morrison, was yesterday charged with contrary conduct for an alleged headbutt on the Seagulls skipper.

Morrison won't miss a game if he enters an early guilty plea.



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