Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has branded stand-in Panthers five-eighth Jaeman Salmon a “weak-gutted canine” after his kick on Tom Starling.
Regardless of their pledge to “ambush” the reigning premiers, the Raiders by no means obtained shut, with Salmon scoring one of many Panthers’ 4 tries within the 26-6 win.
Following his aspect’s loss, which may see them miss the finals, Stuart was requested about various incidents within the match, together with a bump which noticed Joseph Tapine injured, however took purpose at Salmon, who was positioned on report for the kick.
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“The James Fisher-Harris and Joe Tapine tackles are accidents and on this collision recreation I perceive that,” an incensed Stuart instructed reporters.
“However the place Salmon kicked Tommy (Starling), it ain’t on.
“I’ve had historical past with that child (Salmon). I do know that child very nicely.
“He was a weak-gutted canine as a child and he hasn’t modified now. He’s a weak-gutted canine particular person now.”
Following Stuart’s unbelievable outburst, 9’s NRL reporter Danny Weidler spoke to the Raiders coach on the telephone and requested whether or not he needed to apologise or retract his assertion, to which he replied “a agency no”.
League nice Phil Gould described Stuart’s broadside as “extraordinary” and mentioned “I’ve by no means heard a coach say something like that at a press convention”.
Gould mentioned Stuart’s son had performed in the identical rugby league aspect as Salmon in the course of the Panther’s junior days, however was not sure what precisely prompted such a response from the veteran coach.
“When Ricky mentioned he is recognized this child for some time, he has,” Gould mentioned on 9’s NRL protection.
“Actually Ricky on reflection saying he is not apologising and he is standing by what he mentioned is relatively extraordinary as a result of I’ve by no means heard a coach say something like that at a press convention.
“I am unable to think about something that may make me say one thing like that at a press convention.
“Ricky’s going to need to have superb purpose and I do not know the way he substantiates that … I believe Jaeman Salmon would have motion in opposition to him for remarks like that.
“I do know his crew’s been knocked out tonight and that is in all probability the tip of their finals cost … however he is too skilled a campaigner to react so emotionally in an atmosphere like that the place he has been so many occasions all through his profession. It isn’t as if he is a rookie.”
Each Gould and NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler did not suppose Salmon’s kick out at Starling alone was worthy of such an aggressive response.
“That may occur to anybody at any time,” Gould mentioned of the incident.
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“That is not an unusual incidence. His foot was caught between his legs as they’re getting up and he was making an attempt to get his foot out of there.”
“Once I noticed the incident I used to be shocked that they stopped the sport and Jaeman Salmon was penalised. I simply noticed somebody kicking out,” Fittler added.
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary refused to interact the verbal warfare with Stuart, however mentioned he was adamant the kick on Starling was unintended from Salmon.
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“I am unable to think about Jaeman would have intentionally carried out that, however I truthfully did not see it.
“I do not suppose I want to reply to these (Stuart’s) feedback. I do know what Jaeman is like and he’s helpful in our membership and we love him, so that’s all that issues to us.”
It stays to be seen whether or not the NRL takes motion in opposition to Stuart for his outburst.
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