Blun­der re­called in Thurston win

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

NORTH Queens­land skip­per Johnathan Thurston might have a man-of-the-match bun­gle from a few years ago to thank for his Clive Churchill grand fi­nal medal suc­cess on Sun­day.

Thurston, who car­ried an in­jury into the de­cider and was quiet in the first 20 min­utes, kicked a field goal in the 82nd minute to hand the Cowboys a 17-16 win over Bris­bane and de­liver the club its maiden NRL premier­ship.

While no­body would be­grudge the Cowboys leg­end man-of-the-match hon­ours, un­til the emo­tion of the vic­tory kicked in Bris­bane five-eighth An­thony Mil­ford was con­sid­ered by many to have been the best on ground.

In 2013 the judges named Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans man of the match, hav­ing cast their votes be­fore Sonny Bill Wil­liams tore the game apart in the last 20 min­utes, steer­ing the Roost­ers to vic­tory.

On Sun­day the judges waited for the game to end be­fore vot­ing and Thurston’s hero­ics, and the crowd’s re­ac­tion, may have in­flu­enced them.

Cowboys hooker Jake Granville was also in the run­ning for man-of-the-match hon­ours as was Bris­bane cen­tre Jack Reed, who scored a try and saved a few oth­ers with his won­der­ful de­fence.

Mean­while, Bron­cos duo Ben Hunt and Adam Blair have pleaded guilty to charges emerg­ing from the grand fi­nal.

Hunt will miss one game af­ter plead­ing guilty to a dan­ger­ous throw charge while Blair avoided a sus­pen­sion de­spite plead­ing guilty to a high tackle.

PHOTO: FILE

MAN OF THE MO­MENT: Johnathan Thurston.

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