Bel­lamy blast for Du­gan, Fer­gu­son

Townsville Bulletin - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

FORMER NSW coach Craig Bel­lamy has ac­cused Blake Fer­gu­son and Josh Du­gan of lack­ing com­mon sense in the lead- up to last week’s State of Ori­gin de­cider.

Just a day af­ter former Blues men­tor Ricky Stu­art claimed the pair should have been banned from se­lec­tion in 2013, Bel­lamy said coach Lau­rie Da­ley shouldn’t be held re­spon­si­ble for their ac­tions.

The NSW Rugby League is in­ves­ti­gat­ing claims the pair spent an af­ter­noon at the Len­nox Point Ho­tel on a day off, five days out from last week’s loss. Du­gan yes­ter­day down­played his ac­tions and while he ad­mit­ted he “prob­a­bly made an er­ror in judg­ment”, in­sisted they’d only had “lunch and a few beers” and missed no team com­mit­ments.

But Bel­lamy said that didn’t mat­ter.

“To me, it’s just tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for your­self and show­ing some com­mon sense,” he said. “I don’t think it’s Lau­rie’s job to put com­mon sense into play­ers and staff.” Stu­art sup­ported Da­ley. Du­gan and Fer­gu­son were kicked out of Can­berra in their early NRL years due to re­peated off- field in­ci­dents be­fore Stu­art’s ar­rival.

“I feel very sorry for Lau­rie and I feel very sorry for the play­ers that have ac­tu­ally busted them­selves over the course of the last se­ries to try and do the right things to try and cre­ate a cul­ture,” Stu­art told Fox Sports. “To be let down by two peo­ple who con­tin­u­ally let down in­di­vid­u­als around them and their team­mates.”

Stu­art pointed to the pair’s trou­ble­some night out ahead of Ori­gin II in 2013 as ev­i­dence their NSW ca­reers should have ended then.

“Day one of the ( sec­ond) camp, they both turned up to camp drunk,” Stu­art said. “They should have been elim­i­nated from State of Ori­gin there and then and this wouldn’t have hap­pened.”

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