The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jun 2012
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36 NT NEWS. Friday, June 15, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -J U N -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 3 6 C O L O R : C M Y K Johnathan Thurston wants to make up for losing Origin on Wednesday night by engineering a North Queensland win over Brisbane in Townsville tonight Picture: GETTY IMAGES BRONCOS BEWARE COWBOYSVBRONCOS JT aims to make up for Origin disappointment WATCHING Queensland lose Origin II was tough enough for Maroons fan Anthony Griffin. But the Brisbane coach fears the fallout over NSW squaring up the interstate series might ensure more pain for his NRL side against North Queensland in Townsville tonight. Griffin did not have to be reminded that the Cowboys Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston prided himself on backing up well from Origin. Griffin admitted he was on high alert for Thurston as the game-changing pivot licked his wounds over the Origin II defeat on Wednesday night. Hes such a fierce competitor. We are not expecting any discounts at all we know he will be desperate to get his side over the line after what happened last night, Griffin said. Then Thurston spoke the words Griffin feared upon arrival in Townsville. I wasnt happy (with his Origin II performance), thats for sure, Thurston said. There were a few errors but, hopefully, I can turn that around tomorrow night. You are only as good as your last game, so no doubt I want to improve on how I played last night they are not my standards. And I always look forward to these games. We havent beaten the Broncos up here for a number of years, so we would like to get the monkey off the back. The Broncos have only Ben Hannant and Matt Gillett backing up from Origin. Remarkably, Brisbane have won 14 of 17 games in Townsville, and had a draw. Corey Parker is sidelined with a nasty leg gash suffered in Origin II, while Queensland teammates Justin Hodges and Petero Civoniceva will be rested by the Broncos. Brendon Gibb has been added to Broncos 17. The Cowboys who upset Brisbane by two points in Round 2 this year will welcome back Thurston, fellow co-captain Matt Scott and NSW brute James Tamou from Origin, however Maroons flyer Brent Tate (ankle, knee) is in doubt. Parker floored by horror injury CALL him superstitious but Queensland backrower Corey Parker reckons he wont be opting for wet weather boot studs again no matter what the conditions after suffering a horrific leg gash in Origin II. Parker said yesterday it was not uncommon for rugby league players to tag themselves with the larger screw-in studs he used to combat the heavy conditions in Sydney on Wednesday night. But it seems nothing could quite prepare him or Maroons staff for what was revealed when he peeled back his sock. Parker became ashen-faced and some staff were almost physically ill when they first saw the gaping wound that went through to the bone. Parker had surgery on Wednesday night but backed himself to be available for the July 4 series decider . I was just taking a hit-up and tagged myself with my own boot which is not uncommon, Parker said. But I felt it go in and rip right down my shin, so it wasnt too pleasant. I havent seen anything like it, not while I have been playing.
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