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Price believes rivalry is behind booing

By Daniel Pace 10/03/2004 06:55:42 PM Comments (0)

Bulldogs captain Steve Price expects his players to be booed this weekend but not because of the sex scandal which has tarnished rugby league's image.

The `Dogs were roundly jeered at a recent trial match against St George Illawarra on the Gold Coast following rape allegations made by a Coffs Harbour woman against up to six Bulldogs players.

Looking through rose-tinted glasses, Price said it was simply a case of passionate supporters making their feelings known at a game between two traditional rivals.

"When you play against St George, and if you understand the rivalry between the two teams, there's booing from both sides at all times," Price said at a press conference to promote Saturday night's NRL double-header at Telstra Stadium.

"As a player I took it as that. I didn't take it as anything else (and) it'll be the same on the weekend."

The Bulldogs take on Parramatta in the match following the Wests Tigers v Cronulla tussle.

"Parramatta supporters are very passionate about their team and Bulldogs supporters are very passionate about their team, so I've got no doubt some of that (booing) will be going on because of the teams that are playing," added Price.

The Queensland Origin prop said his players were concentrating on football, despite the police investigation of the sexual assault allegations which has caused a media frenzy and resulted in sponsors abandoning the club.

"They're things that we can't control, the storm in the media," said Price.

"We can only control what we do on the football field and when we're together, nothing's spoken about."

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