Ipswich prop to fight charge as Jets face injury crisis
IPSWICH prop Rod Griffin is set to face the judiciary as the Jets also confront an injury crisis that could see them struggle to field 17 fit players in the game of their lives on Sunday.
Griffin has been charged with dangerous contact for a first half tackle on Townsville fullback Jahrome Hughes in the Jets 32-20 Intrust Super Cup grand final win.
If he pleads guilty the charge carries 75 points but Griffin has carry over points from a similar charge earlier in the season and loading from two non-similar charges.
That accumulation of points will see him suspended from Sunday's interstate showdown with the Newcastle Knights in Sydney unless he can win his case.
Doubts over the fitness of key forwards Kurt Capewell (ankle), Josh Seage (head) and Kurtis Lingwoodock make Griffin's case more of an issue.
Co-coach Shane Walker said the club had a strong argument for Griffin to be cleared to take his place in the side and that the club would fight the charge, either tonight or tomorrow evening.
"Rod was pushed in the back by Carlin Anderson first, then pushed by Dane Phillips, before he cannoned into (Hughes') legs," Walker said.
"We are going to fight it because we believe there was no intent and the outcome was certainly out of his hands.
"He was bumped by multiple players into the contest.
"It was friendly fire."
"We might not have enough players to play on Sunday because a lot of our BRL guys went into their grand final already busted and got a lot of injuries out of it.
"They lost a lot of forwards.
"We have Kurt Capewell who is likely not to play, possibly Josh Seage, and something happened to Kurtis.
"With Rod as well, we might have to ask the Blackhawks if they can fill in."
The injured Chris Walker is racing the clock to be fit and told the QT he was almost no chance.
The Jets will give the Knights a contest, no matter who wears the green and white jersey.
"But we might have to start with 15 or 16 men," Walker said.
"Peter Whittaker is a little hooker in our BRL side and he is looking like being our starting front-rower as a replacement, and he is around 65 kilos. I encouraged him to become a jockey, but he doesn't like horses."
Walker joked that his business partners - former Rabbitohs hooker Trent Young and Melbourne and South Sydney outside back Brad Watts - could be relacing their boots
"We might have to register those two," Walker grinned.