North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has won his appeal against a detrimental conduct charge at the NRL judiciary. Thurston contested the grade one charge via video link from Townsville after he was sanctioned following an expletive-laden rant at referee Jason Robinson. The Queensland and Australia halfback was furious at a forward pass ruling by Robinson in the dying stages of the struggling Cowboys’ 24-20 loss to Manly on Saturday, and sarcastically told the official he should be “man of the match” The three-man panel found in favour of Thurston, after a lengthy, and at times bizarre, hearing in Sydney. Thurston is now free to face South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Monday.

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