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Riled Stuart tangled in Webb debate

By Laine Clark 14/06/2005 10:20:46 PM Comments (0)

Chalk up another scalp to Queensland forward Carl Webb.

Clearly irritated by a week-long media campaign talking up Webb's much anticipated re-match with the NSW forward pack, Blues coach Ricky Stuart tried to pour cold water over the issue only to make matters worse.

After making the media wait for more than half an hour at NSW's final training session at Telstra Stadium, a riled Stuart emerged to give a 74 second address before storming off without answering a single question.

The countdown to NSW's must-win Origin II clash at Sydney has been dominated by how their pack would defy Maroons enforcer Webb who savaged Blues prop Luke Bailey in last month's series opener.

A newspaper report claimed NSW had sought a clarification from NRL referees boss Robert Finch on players becoming involved in Origin fights after Webb's game one fireworks.

Stuart complained after Origin I that Webb should have been sent off for coming in as a third man to jostle with Bailey who had made a tackle on Queensland's Chris Flannery.

Despite inadvertently starting the Webb hype, Stuart let rip over the issue despite receiving the good news that centre Mark Gasnier (groin) had been cleared to play.

"From my point of view I am very bored with the Webb speculation, I am very bored with the refereeing - thank you for your attention here today," Stuart said before storming off in front of a stunned media pack.

A TV reporter then yelled out: "Can we ask you a question Ricky?"

Stuart offered a muffled "nope" as he walked back down the Telstra Stadium player tunnel.

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