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Jason Taumalolo handed one-match suspension for shoulder charge

Sporting News logo Sporting News 10/08/2018
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North Queensland Cowboys are set to be without one of their biggest superstars in their bid to avoid the wooden spoon with Jason Taumalolo handed a one-game suspension for a shoulder charge on Brisbane winger Jamayne Isaako.

The barnstorming lock caught Isaako on the head with a careless shoulder as he failed to make any effort with his arms, penalised at the time but managed to avoid being placed on report.

However, the Match Review Committee deemed the contact to be dangerous and Taumalolo will be suspended for a week if he takes the early guilty plea, or face a two-week sanction if he chooses to fight it.

Isaako was left clutching at his jaw and time came to a halt as he received medical attention, while a frustrated Taumalolo was caught on camera whispering expletives under his breath in opposition to the referee's decision.

Broncos forward Tevita Pangai junior received a minor dangerous contact charge but will avoid suspension with an early guilty plea, while Te Maire Martin copped the same charge for a knee on Matt Lodge in a controversial eight-point try.

The Cowboys went a stop closer to avoiding the bottom of the NRL ladder with an inspiring comeback win against Queensland rivals Brisbane as they mowed down a 12-point deficit.

A late Coen Hess try in the 77th minute saw them walk away 34-30 winners in what was Johnathan Thurston's second last game in Townsville.

Taumalolo made an unrivaled contribution with a whopping 286 running metres and a try, while Thurston directed traffic and rediscovered the form expected of him.

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