As a result Thurston is in front of the judiciary this week to decide if it was deliberate contact and if so that he should miss two games, one of which will be Origin 3 - the decider.
The incident has led to 'for' and 'against' comments by pundits, ex refs, players, coaches all giving their pennyworth on this.
Views expressed range across those options in our poll.
At the heart of this is 'intention'
Did Jonathan Thurston deliberately run into Cecchin for some reason? Would he have a problem with this ref (or refs in general) so that he would take this opportunity to knock him to the ground? Was this just an unfortunate occurrence with the ref just getting in the way of a passage of play with Thurston just being a part of a moving line with the ref being there too and getting in the way?
Will Thurston get a fair hearing? Should he even have to be there? Will a largely blues rep judiciary see this as a chance to wipe him out of the decider and take some of QLD's ammunition from them?
If you didn't see it and can't access aussie video due to licensing restrictions here's a passage of play that includes the 'incident'
Jonathan Thurston makes contact with ref
Edited by G Las D, 21 June 2011 - 07:29 AM.