Queensland's Test back Brent Tate said the moment he was hurled in a cartwheeling tackle during a fierce State of Origin rugby league match against New South Wales was the most frightening of his life.
NSW stand-off Josh Reynolds was charged with making a dangerous throw on Tate in his team's bruising 12-8 win over Queensland in Brisbane late Wednesday.
"I've never been more frightened in all my life," said Tate, who wears a neck brace in matches following a serious neck injury in 2005.
"My legs were shaking for a good 10 minutes after that.
"I don't think I've ever been as scared in a rugby league match as that. I had absolutely no control of where I was going. It gave me a big fright."
Reynolds will contest the grading of his dangerous throw charge at a NRL judiciary hearing in a bid to play in the second State of Origin game.
The Canterbury playmaker will risk missing three matches, including the home Origin game in Sydney on June 18, if he is unsuccessful in getting the charge reduced from a grade two at the hearing later Thursday.
Reynolds and back-rower Beau Scott were charged over their tackle which cartwheeled Tate on to his back in the first half of Wednesday's Origin opener in Brisbane.
If Reynolds had entered an early guilty plea to the charge, he would have received a two-match ban, ruling him out of the second Origin game.
If he gets a downgrade of his charge, he will miss one game, a club match against Manly on June 6, but will be available for the second Origin game.
Scott was charged with a lesser offence but will escape a suspension with an early guilty plea under the NRL Judiciary process.
Queensland must win next month's Sydney game to level the best-of-three-game series as they bid for an unprecedented nine straight Origin series wins.