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Tariq Sims' Origin dream over

Tariq Sims' State of Origin dream is over after the burgeoning North Queensland star was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.
Tariq Sims' Origin dream over
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(EDS: please note in 10th par that Josh Mansour, NOT Brad Tighe is now being credited with a try in the 69th minute.)

Liam Butterworth

TOWNSVILLE, Qld, May 19 AAP - Tariq Sims' State of Origin dream is over after the burgeoning North Queensland star was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

Only included in Ricky Stuart's NSW squad as 18th man on Saturday afternoon as cover for captain Paul Gallen, Sims was left clutching his lower left leg in pain hours later in the Cowboys' 30-28 win over Penrith at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Sims collided with Panther Cameron Ciraldo while trying to ankle tap Travis Burns as he scored in the 53th minute.

The 22-year-old was only playing his sixth match of the season after returning from a horrific leg break during a clash against Cronulla last season and had gained the attention of NSW selectors with some powerful form.

The seriousness of the injury was immediately apparent, teammate Glenn Hall calling over medical staff quickly and the back-rower was taken from the field on a stretcher and transported to nearby Townsville Hospital.

It is believed he might have broken his leg in the same place as last year and his condition put a serious dampener on the Cowboys' thrilling win.

The victory came without the Cowboys' Origin quartet Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Brent Tate and James Tamou.

The injury appeared to deflate the Cowboys, who were leading 24-18 at the time following two quick tries to Gavin Cooper and Antonio Winterstein after the break.

The Panthers found themselves with numbers down the left-hand side, allowing centre Brad Tighe to equalise with 14 minutes on the clock.

Josh Mansour put his side in front on 69 minutes, benefiting from some quick hands to beat Matt Bowen in the corner with a leaping effort.

But Sims' older brother Ashton restored the Cowboys' lead on 73 minutes, pouncing on a loose ball knocked back by recalled winger Kalifa Faifai Loa as he jumped for a Bowen bomb and gave his side the win.

Coach Neil Henry said it was hard to celebrate the win after Sims' injury and it was particularly disappointing after the club received a late call from NSW selectors telling them of his late inclusion.

"The best scenario you can hope for is a broken fibula but it didn't look too good," Henry said.

"He's a young kid and he's got plenty of footy ahead of him and obviously we're going to be missing him for a while.

Henry said the only positive of the night was claiming the win.

"It was a fairly scrappy game but the consolation is we've got two points and it wasn't a great performance.

"But Penrith, they kept coming and you can't fault that. They were very strong in the middle and nearly got us in the end."

A furious Ivan Cleary said his side had beaten themselves after losing the match right at the end.

"Whether it was penalties and at the start of the second half a few really cheap errors, conceding tries on the last tackle ... and we probably only needed a decent share of possession in that second half and we would have been okay," Cleary said.

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