‘That’s the way he plays’: Cowboys coach unimpressed by Fittler’s call


North Queensland coach Paul Green believes New South Wales coach Brad Fittler unfairly singled out back-rower Josh McGuire following Sunday's State of Origin.

The fiery Queensland No.13 will miss Friday's NRL clash between the Cowboys and St George Illawarra after taking an early guilty plea on a grade one dangerous contact head/neck charge.

NSW halfback Nathan Cleary is brought down by Queensland's Tim Glasby (left) and Josh Mcguire.

NSW halfback Nathan Cleary is brought down by Queensland's Tim Glasby (left) and Josh Mcguire.Credit:AAP

McGuire was charged for an 80th-minute challenge on NSW five-eighth James Maloney, which left the Blues player requiring attention from a trainer after the fulltime siren.

Fittler was unimpressed by the attention on Maloney and said after the Blues' 38-6 win he expected officials to review the tackle.


Green said McGuire's hit was no better or worse than several other incidents and believed it is the 29-year-old's reputation which is putting him in the spotlight unfairly.

"There was probably a dozen other tackles that were very similar and it's State of Origin we're playing here too – I'm not saying the rules are any different but the games are certainly tougher," Green said.

"If you wanted to go through a game with a fine tooth comb I think there's probably plenty of those sort of tackles that happen that didn't come under as much scrutiny.

"His name's been in the headlines for the wrong reasons in that respect recently so I think he's probably – I won't say unlucky – but certainly a bit disappointed he (Fittler) brought it up, yeah."

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