Milford injured in Broncos win, Knights downed by controversial Uate try


Anthony Milford is a major doubt for the second match of the State of Origin series after suffering a shoulder injury in Brisbane Broncos' win over South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday.

Milford started the Origin opener as Queensland Maroons were easily beaten by New South Wales Blues, but he may not be ready for game two after falling awkwardly late in the Broncos' 24-18 win at Suncorp Stadium.

Immediately the fly-half clutched his shoulder and he left the field in obvious pain, providing a worry for Queensland ahead of the second match on June 21.

Milford's injury tainted a strong display from the Broncos that saw them move into the top four thanks to tries from Jordan Kahu and Sam Thaiday in the second half.

Kahu added a conversion and a penalty to wrap up the points, leaving the Rabbitohs to reflect on another defeat having fought back from 12-0 down earlier in the match.

Meanwhile, Akuila Uate came back to haunt Newcastle Knights with two tries as Manly Sea Eagles clung on to an 18-14 victory at Brookvale Oval.

Uate spent eight years with the Knights before joining Manly at the start of the current NRL season and his controversial second try proved the difference.

After a tight opening 40 minutes that saw Newcastle lead 8-6 at the break, Manly retook the lead through Curtis Sironen before Uate's decisive moment.

The wing dived over in the corner after good work from Daly Cherry-Evans and Dylan Walker.

No video inspection was called for and that proved costly for Newcastle as replays showed Uate lost control of the ball before he got it down.

That try gave Manly a 10-point cushion but a late Newcastle surge cut that to four thanks to Daniel Levi's converted try - a  score that would have given the visitors a third win of a miserable season had Uate's second been correctly ruled out.

Manly's triumph saw them climb into the top four but that position was swiftly taken away by the victorious Broncos.