Sun, Mar 12, 3:03pm by Head Editor
Their careers have mirrored each other and on Friday night, Queensland and Australian teammates Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston continued to achieve milestones together when they both reached 2000 career NRL points on the same night, in different games.
First up, Smith became the fifth player to pass 2000 points when he converted Kenny Bromwich’s try in the eighth minute of Storm’s 26-10 win over the Warriors.
The 33-year-old who has represented his country 49 times, finished with a perfect four from four conversions and slotted a penalty goal in the 64th minute.
Then, just an hour later, his good mate Johnathan Thurston, who was born just 54 days before Smith in 1983, became the sixth player to hit the milestone with a conversion of his own.
JT wasn’t done there though, playing an instrumental role yet another Cowboys-Broncos classic. He kicked the winning field goal in the seventh minute of extra-time, as for the fourth time in five games, more than 80 minutes was needed to separate the Queensland clubs.
Amazingly, that golden point gave Thurston a one point lead over Smith with 2008 career points. They are two of the best that the sport has ever seen, and it’s fitting that they reached the milestone on the same night.
The pair join elite company on the list that is topped by former Canterbury goalkicker, Hazem El Masri, with 2418 points.
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