JT pulls up fine after 'tackle gone wrong'
Saturday 5 May 2012 11:37 AM
North Queensland co-captain Johnathan Thurston has completed his post-match recovery session at Cowboys HQ with seemingly very few after-effects from the nasty hit that forced him from the field last night.
Thurston was flattened by Dragons forward Matt Prior in the 55th minute of the Cowboys’ 30-6 victory at Dairy Farmers Stadium and did not return for the rest of the game.
Prior was sent off and will face punishment from the NRL match review committee when it assesses the high shot on Monday.
Thurston described it as “a tackle gone wrong” and allayed fears he had suffered any serious injury when he spoke to the media this morning.
He said he was not suffering any pain or headaches.
“I’m pretty good considering the incident,” the Cowboys playmaker said.
“I remember everything up until the incident then trainers and the boys telling me to lie down and stay down.
“I remember walking off the field and going into the sheds.
“It was just a tackle that went wrong and I’m sure the judiciary will look after it.
“From what I hear, he tried to come in and apologise in the sheds but I’d already left. That goes to show what type of bloke he is.
“I don’t think he’s the type of player to have that sort of malice in his game.”
Thurston said because Prior had appeared to hit him with an elbow to the head the decision to send him off was justified.
He will rest up for the remainder of the weekend before the Cowboys return to training on Monday afternoon.
In more good news for North Queensland, co-captain Matthew Scott’s limp from last night’s game had all but gone when he arrived for the recovery session this morning.
“It’s feeling much better than last night,” Scott, who was rested for the final 20 minutes, said.