Any­one seek­ing re­venge should ‘ take a num­ber’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - by Andrew Aloia andrew. aloia@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

Rus­sell Hin­der IF Cairns choose to seek re­venge against Croc­o­dile Rus­sell Hin­der, they had bet­ter know they are pick­ing a fight with a man who c o n s i d e r s h i m s e l f ‘ ‘ C a p t a i n In­sano’’.

The Townsville skip­per, an avid wrestling fan, chose his moniker wisely yes­ter­day, pick­ing out a name that both his team­mates and op­po­si­tion would say en­cap­su­lates the pas­sion­ate leader’s per­son­al­ity.

The Taipans’ opin­ion of Hin­der is at an all-time low af­ter his clash with Cairns’ Alex Loughton in their last meet­ing with coach Aaron Fearne pub­licly brand­ing a seem­ingly in­nocu­ous in­ci­dent a ‘‘ coward act’’ by the vet­eran.

He de­fended the claims at the time, with the com­plaint promptly dis­missed by the NBL tri­bunal.

Hin­der hasn’t for­got­ten what was said but isn’t hold­ing a grudge go­ing into Fri­day’s fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son fix­ture. What­ever ha­tred Cairns has for Hin­der, he says the feel­ing is mu­tual for as long as he wears the rep­tile green.

And if Loughton or any­one of the Taipans want to set­tle their beef, then they had bet­ter take a num­ber.

‘‘ A lot of peo­ple hate Rus­sell Hin­der, they can get in the queue,’’ Hin­der said. ‘‘ That is a re­ally long line, and they are at the back be­cause their ha­tred is new. I got peo­ple com­ing at me from 15 years back, mate, so I’ll deal with them when their num­ber is called.’’

With the dis­trac­tion of the Crocs se­cur­ing sec­ond place and home­court ad­van­tage for the play-offs oc­cu­py­ing him since Fe­bru­ary’s run in, Hin­der has cho­sen to for­give, if not for­get the in­ci­dent.

‘‘ I pub­licly apol­o­gised and pri­vately apol­o­gised sev­eral times, be­cause I did get Alex and whether they choose to ac­cept that apol­ogy or not is up to them,’’ he said.

‘‘ You have to move on with things pretty quickly in this world. To be per­fectly frank I’ve not given that mo­ment a sec­ond thought since about two hours af­ter that game, be­cause I had an­other game to get to, a fam­ily to at­tend to.

‘‘ If they want to make some­thing out of it, then they clearly don’t have enough go­ing on in their lives.’’

Con­sid­er­ing the re­cent his­tory be­tween the sides, Hin­der doubts that there is any more rea­son to spice up the con­test.

‘‘ There is enough pas­sion in an ev­ery­day ‘ Rep­tile Rum­ble’ ( even) with­out them fight­ing for third,’’ he said.

While Fri­day’s match won’t af­fect the Crocs’ competition stand­ing, tak­ing a lit­tle of the heat out of the event, it still rates highly for a Taipans team aim­ing to set-up a dream semi-fi­nal meet­ing with Townsville.

Anna Meares leads the pack to the fin­ish line

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