Boyd rules himself out of qualifying final

05 September 2017 21:20:16 GMTPlus11

Captain Darius Boyd won't play in Brisbane Broncos' qualifying final against the Roosters on Friday.

Boyd suffered a minor tear in his hamstring late in the first half of the Round 26 clash with the Cowboys.

Teammate Sam Thaiday, who represented the club at the NRL Captains' Call ahead of the finals, said the skipper hadn't yet been ruled out.

Thaiday said Brisbane's medical staff were still trying to get the fullback fit to take on the Roosters, and that the decision would be left until the end of the week.

However, Boyd himself then discounted his chances of making the first finals match.

"I'm not playing. Hammies, you can't rush them," he said. "It's nothing new, I've been dealing with it for a couple of years now - it's old age.

"To be honest, it's a recurring thing ever since I did my Achilles, I have a weak left hamstring. I've had a bit of pain in the weeks leading up and hopefully I get it right for the next week or two.

"On the advice of the medical staff, I'm getting physio this week and getting ready for next week."

Kodi Nokorima is set to shift to fullback, after making that move in the second half against the Cowboys.

That opens the door for Benji but Marshall to come into the halves.

Marshall is returning to Wests Tigers for next season, but will have one final chance to star for the Broncos.

Wayne Bennett's side are without prop Korbin Sims and hooker Andrew McCullough for the finals series, while Tevita Pangai Jr is also battling to be fit after injuring his hamstring against North Queensland.

Brisbane areĀ 2.40 to beat the Roosters, who are 1.60.

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