The NRL is throwing its support behind injured Newcastle player Alex McKinnon, with three league stars wearing a number 16 jersey to open last night’s RiseForAlex round.
The Cowboy’s Johnathon Thurston, the Rabbitoh’s Greg Inglis and the Eels’ Jarryd Hayne all swapped their numbers to honour the 22 year old.
It was good luck for Thurston, who scored two tries and slotted six goals to beat the Sharks 36-18, giving North Queensland their first win on the road.
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The Eels are languishing at the bottom of the ladder after going down to the Bunnies 32-12.