Bone-crunching moment footy legend Johnathan Thurston is hit from behind in a ...

Footy star Johnathan Thurston fears it will take a serious injury for the NRL to stamp out a continuing spate of late shots on the game's playmakers.

The North Queensland Cowboys captain was blindsided by a late tackle in Thursday night's win against the Manly Sea Eagles.

The future immortal was felled while his back was turned for the second week in a row after coping a similar knock against the Melbourne Storm last week.

Melbourne enforcer Sam Kasiano was placed on report and received a one-week suspension for the first coward tackle while Manly forward Jack Gosiewski will also face the judiciary for the recent hit at Lottoland stadium.

Scores were locked at 2-all in the 25th minute when Gosiewski thundered into an unsuspecting Thurston.

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The moment Cowboys playmaker Johnathan Thurston is hit late by Manly's Jack Gosiewski in Thursday night's NRL game at Brookvale

The moment Cowboys playmaker Johnathan Thurston is hit late by Manly's Jack Gosiewski in Thursday night's NRL game at Brookvale

It was the second week in a row Johnathan Thurston has been hit late by an opposition forward

It was the second week in a row Johnathan Thurston has been hit late by an opposition forward

Thurston didn't mince his words when asked about the ugly shot in the post-match conference with league immortal Andrew Johns who has also been a vocal critic of the late tackles.

'It s***ts me. It's not part of our team, not how we go about our business. But it's been put on report, so I'm sure the match review committee will deal with it,' he said.

'What's it going to take? A broken rib and be out for three-four weeks before they really stamp down on it?.'

Johns, who was a sideline commentator at the game for Channel Nine, also slammed the tactic which is aimed at intimidating playmakers out of running the ball.

'It's disappointing to see,' Johns said during the commentary.

'Not only is it a late hit but he's hit with a shoulder charge. Just watch the way his head whiplashes here. 

'For a player who's had so many bumps in his career and has never shied away from bumps, he goes right to the line for the contact.

'Can you imagine the toll that's taken on his body and he gets hit from behind with a shoulder charge like that?'

Johns called for a tougher crackdown on late tackles with longer punishments.

'Honestly, I hate it.

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