Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Media Need Lesson from Stuart and Co

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Media Need Lesson from Stuart and Co

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LEAGUE OF

THEIR OWN

TONY DURKIN

AT LEAST the New South Wales players and their coach were gracious in defeat after Origin III. Extremely gracious in fact, and full of praise for what might just be one of the greatest sporting teams of the modern era.

The same, unfortunately, cannot be said of some sections of the southern media. They are entitled to their opinion of course, and it is comforting to know they are passionate about their team and this unbelievably close contest.

But before dissecting some whinges from the scribes, Ricky Stuart and Paul Gallen should be praised for their post-match civility. Given the option, both would have preferred to skulk off in to the darkness rather than front a press conference after that gut-wrenching loss.

In fact, both press conferences, relayed on Fox Sports news, were almost as enthralling as the game. The respective coaches and captains were an absolute credit to the game as they bared all with their honesty, sincerity and unequivocal desire to be the very best.

The manner in which all four articulated their emotions Co after such a demanding and exhausting campaign Co made this old rugby league journo proud.

But some of the drivel I read the next day did not. While Stuart, Gallen and their team took the loss on the chin and started plotting for next year, it was again the referees who copped the Cywe was robbed' accusation.

While Brent Tate's punch to the head of Greg Bird and the non-obstruction ruling with the Justin Hodges try were understandably contentious, the best Cyaccusation' was that Nate Myles had deliberately Cytackled' Robbie Farah with his head. Please!

Tate's punch was wrong, but at worst could be considered a square-up for Jarryd Hayne punching Johnathan Thurston in game one. And had Farah not remonstrated like a kid who had lost his lollies after Ben Hannant Cybrushed' him in the lead up to the Hodges try, he might have made it across in cover defence.

Gallen, a statesman to the end, summed it up best in five words Co Cyit was a cracking game'.

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