16 Sep 2013

Cowboys' boss endorses NRL conspiracy theory

6:25 pm on 16 September 2013

Despite claiming it was time to move on from their bitter National Rugby League finals exit, North Queensland chief executive Peter Jourdain has engendered more by endorsing captain Johnathan Thurston's conspiracy theory.

Thurston, the Kangaroos and Queensland halfback, has claimed that the Cowboys were paying the price for Queensland's eight straight State of Origin series wins in a Sydney-centric NRL.

Jourdain says the NRL shouldn't fine Thurston for his rant as he was entitled to be emotional after his side's 20-18 elimination final loss marred by Cronulla's seventh-tackle try.

The seventh tackle debacle is the second straight year North Queensland have had their finals run dashed by a refereeing blunder.

Thousands of supporters have registered on an on-line petition to get the Cowboys back into the finals after a Queensland politician said the NRL should reverse the result.