Bellamy blast for Dugan, Ferguson
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.”