Broncos back-rower Matt Gillett was penalised for tripping late in his side's semi-final loss to the Cowboys.

Gillett escapes ban for Thurston trip

Broncos back-rower Matt Gillett has avoided suspension for tripping, accepting an early guilty plea for his charge from Brisbane's semi-final loss to North Queensland.

Gillett's 78th minute trip on Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston allowed the No.7 to kick a crucial penalty goal which levelled the scores at 20-all, but a previous good record means the Queensland forward won't face suspension, picking up 56 carryover points.