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Brisbane forward Sam Thaiday has been handed a maximum $2100 fine for squeezing the injured thumb of Melbourne prop Jesse Bromwich in Thursday night's NRL clash.
Thaiday was hit with a grade-one contrary conduct charge on Friday, but can reduce the penalty to $1550 with an early guilty plea.
He is free to line up in the Broncos' match next Friday against Canberra.
Social media went abuzz on Thursday night after Thaiday was caught grabbing the bandaged right thumb of Bromwich during an attempted try midway through the second half in Melbourne. Watch the vision below.
It was the New Zealand international's first match back after injuring his hand in the club's season-opening win over Canterbury.
Bromwich attempted to get rid of Thaiday's grip by banging on his arm, before Thaiday stood up and complained to referee Gerard Sutton that he had been punched.
"You can't rip fingers either," Storm captain Cameron Smith replied.
It was one of a number of incidents Thaiday was involved in during what was, at times, a fiery contest including being penalised for pushing Suliasi Vunivalu in the first half.
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Meanwhile, referees boss Tony Archer has backed the bunker's decision to deny Storm centre Will Chambers a try moments before the Thaiday-Bromwich clash.
Commentators believed bunker official Ben Galea had erred in ruling Chambers had lost the ball as he reached for the tryline.
"Further review of the live decision of no try by the bunker confirmed that Chambers' hand had come away from the ball, whilst the ball is on the ground, prior to the ball touching the tryline," Archer said on the NRL website.
"Split screen technology allowed the review officials to pinpoint the moment the player lost possession. At the same point, the end-on camera showed that the ball was short of the line.
"That is a knock-on, and any subsequent promotion of the ball using the forearm was irrelevant as the knock-on had already occurred."
The Storm eventually prevailed 14-12 to claim their third straight win to start the season, while the Broncos have suffered two tight losses in their opening three games.
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