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Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey involved in altercation with Canterbury Bulldogs fan

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Geoff Toovey's frustration at a surprise defeat to Canterbury on Friday night was compounded by an altercation with a Bulldogs supporter at ANZ Stadium.

The Manly mentor clashed with the fan at the half-time break when he chose to head to the dressing room by walking from the coach's box down through the western stand rather than take the escalators and steps inside the venue as most coaches do.

"I reacted to some lunatic. I shouldn't have. A few words were exchanged," Toovey said after the 23-16 loss. "I'd rather do that [walk through the crowd]. I don't mind mingling with the fans. I suppose he just got under my skin. It was very silly of me and I apologise for reacting the way I did."

Eagle on the wing: Manly rookie Clint Gutherson dives over in the corner, around Bulldogs fullback Mitch Brown.

Eagle on the wing: Manly rookie Clint Gutherson dives over in the corner, around Bulldogs fullback Mitch Brown. Photo: Getty Images

After an underwhelming performance by his men Toovey could at least find some humour in the exchange with the Canterbury diehard. Asked what the fan had said to him he replied: "I can't remember." 

Asked then what he had said back to the supporter Toovey responded: "I said 'I am not!'".

Toovey described the Manly display as "flat" but took aim at the general trend of refereeing, believing the officiating of the ruck had favoured Canterbury's style. "I believe, and this is not because we lost tonight, the rules have changed dramatically in the last few weeks," he said. "You saw the State of Origin, the 10 metres has gone back to eight, the ruck control ... I thought today was slow around the ruck and it obviously suited their game, their big forwards laying in the ruck. They were very good at it. That's where they got us."

James Graham of the Bulldogs is tackled during the round 17 NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Click for more photos

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have defeated the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 23-16 during round 17 at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. Photos by Getty Images. Follow us at twitter.com/photosSMH Photo: Getty Images

Sea Eagles captain Jamie Lyon said Manly were simply not up to scratch. "It wasn't good enough tonight," Lyon said. "You've got to play near your best most weeks to get wins. It just wasn't good enough. Our attitude wasn't where it was needed, and we got dusted."

15 comments so far

  • What outfit were the Bulldogs wearing!?!?!? I will never understand NRL logic which means teams wear about 5 jerseys per season AND their main jersey changes every 2-3 yrs. Terrible branding. The AFL and NFL have it right - rarely change your kit and the fans will worship the stuff and be completely decked out in the garb when they attend the game.

    NRL has only modest respect for tradition.

    Commenter
    jg
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    July 05, 2014, 10:03AM
    • It is not the only thing the AFL does better. They fill the grandstands. This was done many years ago, by not airing a game on TV unless they got the fans at the ground first. If NRL looked away from the money for one or two seasons, the grounds would fill up every week. Forget broadcasting rights, until there are bums on seats.

      Commenter
      NRL take a lesson
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 05, 2014, 1:31PM
    • Gotta agree. It's absolutely ridiculous. They've got club colours, just bloody wear 'em. Or are we supposed to fork out a couple of hundred bucks per child per jersey per season? Don't bother answering that, any question regarding money and the NRL is rhetorical.

      Commenter
      mutt
      Date and time
      July 05, 2014, 2:07PM
  • 6 paragraphs before the inevitable "Toovey described the Manly display as "flat" but took aim at the general trend of refereeing, believing the officiating of the ruck had favoured Canterbury's style." Yawn.

    Commenter
    Trev
    Location
    Southbank
    Date and time
    July 05, 2014, 10:20AM
    • Tough game 1 point should have being the end result bad call by ref's why have 2 on field couldn't see a 2 meter forward pass and why can't the video call it a knock on if it hit the ground or the opposition it would be, so get real or change the rules yet again.

      Commenter
      Roger
      Date and time
      July 05, 2014, 11:09AM
      • As a Manly supporter, I don't think Jamies Captaincy was up to scratch either. Twice this year we have had an opportunity to kick for a Field Goal to either lock up the scores in the final 10 minutes and we have not taken the shot...Last night was another example of twice we had the ball inside their 20 on tackles 3,4 or 5 and tried to run the ball rather than take the shot.in that final 10 and he didn't have the team set up for the Field Goal play but wanted to run the ball wide and both times we blew it, one was a stupid kick in goal that carried over the dead ball line without a single Manly player within miles of it....Dumb Captaincy.

        Commenter
        Mike
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 05, 2014, 11:13AM
        • there's been more occassions than twice, difference is the decisions made in those other close games led to tries and the game being won.

          Commenter
          Tired Camel
          Date and time
          July 07, 2014, 12:30PM
      • Lyon is just like Toovey, a terrible looser. Why was Lyon arguing with the ref last night when the scoreboard was going against them? what a bunch of whinging sea eagles.

        Commenter
        enough is enough
        Date and time
        July 05, 2014, 12:25PM
        • @enough is enough. Yeah no other captain does it... Oh hang on they all do it! Well at least Manly isn't leading the comp......

          Commenter
          Mitch
          Location
          Muswellbrook
          Date and time
          July 05, 2014, 1:49PM
        • and Ennis was what... swapping recipes for crab soup? footy is best watched with 2 eyes for commentary purposes, 1 eye for fan blogs is fine.

          Commenter
          Tired Camel
          Date and time
          July 07, 2014, 12:32PM

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