Stuart walks out on media after NRL loss

Canberra are likely to cop a hefty fine from the NRL after coach Ricky Stuart walked out on a media conference and gagged his players after Saturday’s 24-12 loss to Brisbane.

As required, Stuart fronted reporters at GIO Stadium but interjected as the first question was being asked.

His reply was a 68-word statement that lasted just 24 seconds.

“Todd Greenberg (NRL’s head of football), he was at the game tonight, and I just really hope he saw what I saw,” said Stuart, apparently fuming at some of the refereeing decisions.

“It’s a lot healthier for our club if I don’t go any further into this press conference.

“In respect to all the media, it’s got nothing to do with you, but it’s just a lot healthier if I don’t continue.”

He then said “thanks” before walking out of the room with captain Jarrod Croker.

Media were also not allowed to speak to any of the Raiders post-match, at Stuart’s request.

The former champion halfback’s actions are likely to attract a fine from league management – but it wouldn’t be the first time.

Almost exactly 12 months ago, Stuart was ordered by Greenberg to pay $10,000 for his comments about the referees in the Raiders’s round 10 loss to Penrith.

Saturday’s defeat was Canberra’s third in a row and their fifth from six matches at home this season.

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