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Thaiday defends Tate on lifting tackles

Sam Thaiday has labelled criticism of Brent Tate over the dangerous tackle he suffered in the first State of Origin match as silly, saying no one has more right to express their concern over a lifting tackle than the veteran outside back.

Tate said after the tackle he'd never been more frightened than when he was flipped through the air by New South Wales pair Josh Reynolds and Beau Scott in the second half of the Blues State of Origin game one win in Brisbane.

The Queensland winger, who has battled serious neck injuries...


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