North Queensland Cowboys club officials have blasted the behaviour of the cut-out fans during last night’s 26-16 loss to the Cronulla Sharks at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville.
They plan to protest to both the NRL and the Australian Rugby League Commission over the fans’ “clear and biased support for the Sydney team”.
“We were supposed to be enjoying home-ground support here tonight and to hear the cut-out fans roaring their approval as the Sharks started to dominate proceedings in the second half was disappointing to say the least,” one Cowboys official said on condition of anonymity.
“Those cut-out fans paid good money not to be here tonight and we thought they’d be mainly loyal local Cowboys supporters.
“So. frankly, we were stunned with the roar that went up after the bunker disallowed the Esan Marters try, arguing that teammate Shane Wright had touched the ball.
“If the Bunker saw a finger touch there, they need to go to Specsavers.”
To make matters worse, the Cowboys officials will need to investigate an ugly fight that broke out in the stands after one cutout fan in a Sharks jersey taunted those around him by repeatedly saying Jonathan Thurston was, at best, a very average player.
“Several cut-out pies, quite a few cut-out schooners of beer and some cutout fists were thrown about so it’s lucky no-one was hurt,” the same official added.