Jason Taumalolo of the North Queensland Cowboys.
Jason Taumalolo of the North Queensland Cowboys. DAN PELED

Cowboys left with egg on their faces

THIS in no yolk, I mean joke.

Disappointed North Queensland Cowboys officials are seeking a full eggsplanation from five players - including young Kiwi international forward Jason Taumalolo - who have been charged with two counts of wilful damage.

Earlier this week Taumalolo represented the club as its stand-in captain to launch the finals series in Sydney because stars Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott were both receiving medical treatment for injuries and could not fly.

It is alleged he and Cowboys teammates Tautau Moga, who has represented Samoa, Kalyn Ponga and two of the club's under-20s players were so bored on Wednesday night they decided it would been fun to egg a few cars.

Now the five of them will all appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on October 11 after being stopped by police for a random breath test.

Police received a complaint they had been seen throwing eggs over some parked cars.

It's unlikely the Cowboys will suspend the players over the incident.

Coach Paul Green did his best to talk down the seriousness of the incident after confirming he had spoken to NRL boss Todd Greenberg and alerted the NRL's Integrity Unit.

However, it's understood Cowboys chairman Laurence Lancini was less than impressed by the actions, especially by Taumalolo, who is one of the faces of the club.

Now it's not the crime of the century, but it's another unwanted blow to the NRL, already busy fighting a number of fires - including serious claims of match-fixing, the extent of which could yet rock the game.

The Cowboys demand better from their players.

If they don't stand them down, they at least need to be fined for their stupidity in putting the club under pressure on the eve of the finals as they try to defend their NRL title.