Rubbish claim mars effort of standout year
THE allegations against the Cowboys suggesting they may have breached the salary cap come at a time when North Queensland are on track to shatter club records.
Sitting on 14 wins and 32 points on the NRL ladder, the Cowboys are just one victory away from equalling their most competition points and most number of wins in an NRL season with six games remaining.
They remain set for a record finish in the top two and are still a chance of winning the minor premiership, arguably having an easier run home than current leaders Brisbane Broncos.
The NRL has said it won’t be investigating the club over the allegations that 10 players bought properties from chairman Laurence Lancini over the past seven years.
Similar allegations were investigated by the NRL in 2013 by former salary cap commissioner Ian Schubert and the NRL decided that no action needed to be taken.
Before the Fairfax Media report came out yesterday afternoon, wild rumours about the Cowboys and a salary cap breach had been circling on social media for days, mostly from anonymous accounts.
The online rumours festered and made the Cowboys look as if they were guilty of the kind of systemic breaches which saw the Canterbury Bulldogs and Melbourne Storm stripped of titles and competition points.
As Cowboys coach Paul Green mentioned when he fronted the media yesterday, there are millions of rumours in rugby league and nothing is secret. There are always rumours about player movements or getting up to no good, most without any basis.
While the Cowboys are in the clear, mud sticks and if the Cowboys are to go on and do well in the finals people will bring up allegations of wrongdoing.
It would be a shame if the Cowboys best ever season is not looked upon as a credit to quality coaching, canny recruiting and hard work, rather than baseless suggestions of cheating.