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Thaiday: I am not a grub, it was all 'BS'

Sporting News logo Sporting News 28/03/2017
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Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday has defended claims that he is one of the competition's renowned grubs after he was found guilty of pulling Jesse Bromwich's injured thumb in round three.

Footage highlighted the Maroon grabbing Bromwich's strapped finger for around two seconds as he went to play the ball.

Thaiday is outraged at a $2100 fine the NRL handed him for the alleged 'dog act' and argues he was only trying to slow down the play the ball.

“It’s all a bit of ‘BS’ I think,'' he said.

“It was about getting a grip on something to slow the play-the-ball down, whether that’s a hand, wrist or jersey. That’s all I was doing.

“If you’re on the field you’re deemed to be 100 per cent fit and cleared by a doctor.

“If it’s his left thumb (that was not injured) there is no drama in it at all.

“The hardest thing for me was my character getting questioned, people calling me a grub and saying I went out there and did it intentionally.

“In 15 years of playing professional football I’ve never gone out to intentionally hurt someone.

“That was the reason I wanted to argue my case. I wanted to let them know that’s not me. I play a tough, physical brand of rugby league, but I’ve never done that in my whole career.

“I love a push and shove like any other player, but to go out and intentionally hurt someone is not in my nature.”

In the same game, Thaiday came storming in during a tussle between players and buried Melbourne winger Suliasi Vunivalu with a solid push, a move he is infamous for amongst NSW fans.

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