Canberra coach Ricky Stuart is up in arms over the hand dealt to the Raiders as they put together for arguably essentially the most anticipated match of the season, the NRL grand closing rematch in opposition to the Sydney Roosters.
Thursday evening will mark the primary time the 2 golf equipment have met because the controversial premiership conflict which noticed Trent Robinson’s Roosters topped back-to-back premiers beneath contentious circumstances late final yr.
If the stress of the rematch wasn’t sufficient by itself, the Raiders discover themselves within the throes of one of many membership’s worst damage crises in current reminiscence, with six first-team regulars on the sidelines.
Requested by The Each day Telegraph’s Paul Kent if he would think about “doing one thing” for the publication within the lead as much as the conflict, Stuart blew his prime as he revealed the strict measures the membership was being held to by the NRL amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He stated ‘Mate stick it up your arse, as a result of everyone seems to be speaking about this grand closing replay and we have been given a five-day turnaround’,” Kent told Fox Sports’ NRL 360. “The Roosters have gotten seven days.
“He stated second to that, ‘We requested if we may keep the evening earlier than in a resort to prepare for the sport given we’re on a five-day turnaround. The NRL stated no’.
“He stated ‘What concerning the AFL groups, they’re all staying in motels. Why cannot we?’ No not allowed to.
“OK, Nicely ;allow us to fly up there on the day of the sport’. No its an away recreation so you have to get a bus up. The NRL will not even allow them to fly on the day of the sport, they must get a bus up. Come on. Everyone sits there and goes that is the grand closing replay, that is the way you kick it within the bottom.”
The Raiders and Roosters may have theNRL world glued to their screens once they conflict of their extremely anticipated grand closing rematch on Thursday evening on the SCG.