UNDER SCRUTINY: NSW captain Paul Gallen is tackled head-first into the turf by Queensland's Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker during State of Origin II.
UNDER SCRUTINY: NSW captain Paul Gallen is tackled head-first into the turf by Queensland's Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker during State of Origin II. DAVE HUNT

Thaiday unsure if he’ll challenge dangerous tackle charge

SAM Thaiday will talk to coach Wayne Bennett and Brisbane's club management today before deciding whether to challenge a grade-two dangerous throw charge on Cronulla and NSW skipper Paul Gallen during last night's State of Origin win over the Blues.

Thaiday dumped Gallen on his head in a lifting tackle in the 13thminute of a furious start to the clash, in which Queensland wrapped up its 10th series win in the past 11 years with a 26-16 victory inspired by a Dane Gagai hat-trick of tries.

While Thaiday has no carry-over points, the base penalty with an early guilty plea is 243 points.

Should he fight the charge laid by the Match Review Committee after the game and lose, it blows out to 325 points which would mean sitting out three games and possibly missing the third Origin game in Sydney, where Queensland can pull off its first Origin clean sweep since 2010.

"I can't do much about it right now, it's done and dusted," the 31-year-old forward said in a Queensland dressing room packed with well-wishers.

"I'll talk with the management of the club and see where we go from there."

Gallen, who got straight to his feet after landing awkwardly in the tackle, which included Corey Parker, said he didn't think there was much in the tackle.

Newspaper photographs published today show Gallen in a vertical position with his head centimetres from the ground, which will not help Thaiday's case.

Thaiday's best chance at the judiciary, if he elects to fight it, would be a go for a downgrade, which may save him one game, with Brisbane facing tough matches against the Bulldogs this weekend and then Melbourne before Origin III.

When reminded Canterbury's Josh Reynolds had beaten a grade-two charge from an Origin game a few years ago, Thaiday smiled and said: "I'm from Queensland."

"I'll have to do what I have to do. If I miss a few weeks it means a lot more fitness for me, which I am not looking forward to."


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