Origin injury and suspension to affect NRL clubs

NRL CLUBS will now count the cost of the fall-out from last night’s State of Origin opener, which ended 12-8 in favour of NSW.

Canterbury’s Josh Reynolds is set to miss Game Two after being slapped with a grade two dangerous throw charge for a lifting tackle on Queensland’s Brent Tate.

According to Fox Sports, Tate feared he would become the next Alex McKinnon after he was hurled upside down into the Suncorp Stadium turf during the first half of the game.


“I have never been more frightened in all my life,” Tate said. “My legs were shaking for the next 10 minutes after that.”

“I had my family here. The last thing they want to be doing is sitting next to a hospital bed like an Alex McKinnon situation.”

Beau Scott, who dragged down on Tate’s upper body, was charged with a grade one dangerous throw. He will not miss a game if he takes an early plea.

But Reynolds will spend three weeks on the sidelines if he contests and loses.

In a major blow to both Queensland and Melbourne, star halfback Cooper Cronk broke his arm in the first ten minutes, during a tackle on NSW second-rower Ryan Hoffman.