Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart reacts during the loss to the Melbourne Storm.
Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart reacts during the loss to the Melbourne Storm. MICK TSIKAS

Stuart risks fine after slamming referees

RUGBY LEAGUE: A fired-up Ricky Stuart has risked copping yet another fine from the NRL with an almighty spray at referees Matt Cecchin and Chris Butler.

Stuart used the entirety of his five-minute press conference to unload on the officiating after his side lost 20-14 to Melbourne on Saturday night, a result that essentially ended the club's chance of playing finals.

When asked if he would approach the NRL or referees boss Tony Archer to complain officially, Stuart replied; "No. What for? It's a waste of time”.

In the middle of the 2015 NRL season the fiery Raiders coach racked up his 10th fine from the governing body for breaches of the game's media policy.

It took the total value to $125,000.

Coaches and players are not allowed to comment on the performance of referees.

It's now a matter of wait and see if the NRL decides to add to Stuart's fines tally.

Raiders forward Iosia Soliola irons out Storm fullback Billy Slater after he had offloaded the ball during their Round 20 clash.
Raiders forward Iosia Soliola irons out Storm fullback Billy Slater after he had offloaded the ball during their Round 20 clash. MICK TSIKAS

"Under the circumstances tonight mate we were the best team on the field,” Stuart began.

"I'm not allowed to talk about circumstances unfortunately.

"You get paid to make comment ... how did you see the game?

"Whenever has an interpretation of a player laying in the back of the ruck, and the referee says 'I've got a try here', and then goes to the bunker?

"He called play on, they scored a try off it, and he's obviously thought 'oh no I'd better just check that'. When a bloke's lying in the back of the ruck creating an obstacle, a disadvantage for us to get to the football, he goes to the bunker after calling play on.

"I don't get a lot of it, and that wasn't the only thing tonight.

Raiders supporters jeer the referees after the Round 20 NRL match between the Raiders and the Storm in Canberra.
Raiders supporters jeer the referees after the Round 20 NRL match between the Raiders and the Storm in Canberra. MICK TSIKAS

"The supporters aren't idiots. You only had to listen to them tonight.

"I walk into the changeroom, I've got 47 texts. I never turn my phone on after a game but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't wrong in what I was thinking tonight.

"Every one of those texts agreed with every fan out there and everything I believe in what I see in that game tonight.

"Coaches have to come in here and own up to every question you blokes want to throw at us, and we do it week in and week out.

"Why don't the NRL get the referees to come in and answer some of these questions too?

"When do they ever have to face any accountability?

"The best thing the NRL has done is just keep fining me and fining me and whacking the hell out of me so I don't say anything.

"Why doesn't the NRL come out and make public some of the communications between the referees, the bunker, and the linesmen? Then we'll start fixing some things in regards to what's going on in interpretations, inconsistencies.

"Let's make everyone accountable.”


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