August 19, 2019

Johnathan Thurston cleared to play in Origin III

I think he looks happy don't you? Anyone would think he has been let-off to play some footy or something.

North Queensland rugby league star Johnathan Thurston is free to play in next month’s State of Origin decider after being found not guilty of making contact with a referee by the NRL judiciary tonight.

Thurston was facing a two-game ban as a result of the grade two charge, which stemmed from his collision with Matt Cecchin in the Cowboys’ win over the Warriors on Saturday night.

A guilty finding would have wiped Thurston out of Origin III on 6th July in Brisbane – in what would have been a major blow to Queensland’s hopes of securing a sixth-straight series win.

But the three-man panel of Ian Roberts, Michael Buettner – both former NSW Origin representatives – plus Sean Garlick, deemed the contact accidental, but only after a lengthy deliberation lasting 45 minutes.