Devastated Stuart refuses to blame controversial refs call

Following his side’s narrow Grand Final loss to Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders boss Ricky Stuart refused to blame a crucial refereeing decision that went against his players late on.

With the scores locked at 8-8, the Raiders were denied a vital restart of the tackle count close to the Roosters line after a ball came off James Tedesco. Instead of getting a fresh set, the ball was turned over and the tricolours broke down field to score the winning try through the fullback.

However, speaking to the press after the game, Stuart took a diplomatic and respectful approach to the decision.

“None of us here will be commenting on this tonight, it’s not the time to talk about it,” he said.

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“The Roosters achieved something very special here tonight in winning two grand finals in a row and I don’t want to take the spotlight off them.

“The first thing I did was go to the four officials and congratulated them on a big effort, no one goes out there to make mistakes. They have a really tough job.”