Why Raiders star Corey Horsburgh gave the bird to Eels fans

The Canberra Raiders have jumped to the defense of passionate forward Corey Horsburgh, whose spirited start in their gold-defeat against Parramatta could be his last NRL act for months.

A tearful Horsburgh returned his two middle fingers to the crowd at Bankwest Stadium as he limped at the end of the first half of their 25-24 defeat after injuring a foot in a tackle caused by Ryan Matterson.

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The 22-year-old immediately confronted Matterson, causing a dead end before the emotion overflowed as he let the little hoots in the gallery know what he was thinking.

Raiders halfback George Williams thought Horsburgh’s emotional reaction was due to the injury, which could be serious.

“I thought he was playing very well, I know he likes to play hard in the middle there. He got a little emotional, but I think it was more the injury than anything and I hope he is fine, “said Williams. “He is a young child and a great prospect.”

Fox League side commentator Steve Roach said Horsburgh “was in tears as he passed here with the coach.”

Locking out the second season may require surgery after a suspected Lisfranc (midfoot) fracture. The rehabilitation time could extend over more than three months.

Raider veteran Sia Soliola supported his teammate’s enthusiasm, but said the incident would ultimately be a good lesson on how best to harness his energy, suggesting that the Eels pack had chosen him as his target. for physics.

Pulling the middle finger toward the crowd was not the ideal response, said Soliola, who contacted Horsburgh on Sunday to offer support.

“He really understood the consequences of his actions, even if they were highlighted this weekend,” said Soliola.

“It is probably a good thing that he sees it himself. It could be a bit of a turning point for him. “

He said the former junior Caboolture could still play a key role in their 2020 campaign.

“I feel for him. He worked hard to get to where he is, “said Soliola. “He’s going to bounce back, he’s a strong child. It’s a fiery ball of energy, isn’t it? And it showed up at the weekend. “

GALLEN WEIGHT ON CHANGEROOM STORM ADDRESS

Former Cronulla captain Paul Gallen dismissed criticism from Cameron Smith after Greater Melbourne thanked the Warriors in their locker room after Friday’s game.

The Storm defeated the Warriors 50-6 as the New Zealand team failed to shoot in their first game after coach Stephen Kearney was sacked.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Co. were optimistic after the game, but Smith, Storm’s assistant coach, Ryan Hoffman and head coach Craig Bellamy thanked them for moving to Australia to ensure the season NRL may continue in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It was hard. We wanted to go there and I guess we say our appreciation and admiration for what they have done, “said Hoffman Sunday Footy Show.

“It was very difficult not to appear condescending or to feel condescending towards them, because I am sure that they do not want sympathy.

“I just wanted to let them know the admiration I have for Roger and the team and what they do.”

Gallen said that anyone who challenged Smith had no leg to stand on.

“I heard Ryan Hoffman talk about it … and he tackled it – they were really worried that it seemed patronizing or patronizing for the Warriors,” Gallen told Wide World of Sports. The final whistle.

“I’m really glad he brought it up because when you see this vision for the first time, I think a lot of people can understand why you think that. How (goalkeepers’ coach) Todd Payten would it feel if the opposition coach and captain entered?

“Just Big Poppy Syndrome vs. Social Media vs. Cam Smith.” I wouldn’t be too worried about this and I doubt Cameron Smith is worried either.

“I’m glad the Melbourne Storm broached the issue and after hearing that and why they went there, I think it was pretty good for the Melbourne Storm.”

MAGUIRE: BENJI DOESN’T ARRIVE EVERYWHERE

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire does not want to let Benji Marshall play elsewhere this year after information was released today, the disadvantaged playmaker is sent to rival clubs.

the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Marshall manager was testing the waters to see if clubs like Manly, Melbourne and North Queensland would be interested in hiring veterans for the rest of the year.

Maguire dropped Marshall after the fourth inning despite fifth place tied for second in the Dally M standings and having been crowned man of the match in the Tigers’ first two wins.

Josh Reynolds has performed well since being promoted to No. 7 partner Luke Brooks in the halves at Marshall’s expense, but that doesn’t mean Maguire is fine with the 35-year-old looking for play time elsewhere.

“Nothing at all,” said Maguire, according to NRL.com, when asked if Marshall had suggested he wanted to leave the joint venture club, where he won a job as prime minister in 2005.

“We talk a lot about the orientation of the club and it is part of it. He is a leader and an experienced player who can have a huge influence on or off the field.

“I chose performance – that’s what we do – and having depth is what is needed to be able to go from start to finish.

“Benji is an integral part of our plans. Having the quality of what we are ready to do when the time is right is what you are trying to build all the time. “

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