Dave Smith has slammed suggestions of a conspiracy against the Cowboys.
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NRL boss Dave Smith says it is “ridiculous” for anyone to suggest that there is a conspiracy against the North Queensland Cowboys.
The Cowboys this week lost back-rower Tariq Sims to a lengthy five-week ban for a shoulder charge on Brisbane co-captain Justin Hodges during last week’s elimination final.
The club was later fined $10,000 after coach Paul Green said the club didn’t challenge Sims’ ban because they had no faith in the NRL’s judicial process.
Smith said notions of conspiracy theories against the Cowboys were out of order.
“I think that’s a ridiculous notion,” Smith said.
“One of the best games I’ve watched this season was at the Cowboys stadium.
“I think they’re going great guns. I think they’re having a great season and I’m really looking forward to watching on Friday night back in Sydney.
“Its a ridiculous notion this conspiracy theory.”
The Cowboys face the Sydney Roosters in a semi-final clash at Allianz Stadium on Friday.