BRONCOS READ THE RIOT ACT TO DUO
BRONCOS forwards Tom Flegler and Jordan Riki have been embroiled in a silly season bust-up in a fiery postscript to Brisbane’s disappointing 2021 NRL campaign.
Broncos bosses have read the riot act to the rookie duo following revelations Riki and Flegler clashed as Brisbane’s post-season celebrations turned sour. The flashpoint occurred in the aftermath of Brisbane’s 35-22 final round defeat of Newcastle last Saturday week.
It is understood a playful wrestling session between the pair took a wrong turn when Flegler took exception to skylarking from Riki as tempers flared. Sources say Riki was left bloodied and required stitches.
Flegler said he apologised to Riki the day after the incident.
“We were out last Wednesday night and got in a wrestle that went a little wrong and Jordan ended up with a cut above his eye,” he said. “It was silly and I apologised. We’ve agreed to keep our wrestling sessions to in-season from now on.”
Riki, who underwent shoulder surgery last week for an unrelated injury, confirmed that he had forgiven Flegler.
“Tom reached out to me the next day and we spoke about what happened and we are absolutely sweet,” he said.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters, CEO Dave Donaghy and head-of-football Ben Ikin have addressed Flegler and Riki on the cultural standards expected as Brisbane look to hit back next season.