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Stuart’s five minute rant

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Ricky Stuart’s post-match spray against referees will come under the scrutiny of the National Rugby League this week.

The Canberra coach claimed he received 47 text messages after the 20-14 loss to Melbourne about the officials, and called for referees and their boss Tony Archer to face the media over their decisions. It’s understood the NRL will pore over the fiveminute rant, as they consider whether the Raiders coach will face the 11th fine of his 14-year coaching career.

They will also have to determine how it compares to other rants delivered by Michael Maguire, Trent Barrett, Nathan Brown and Des Hasler, given no coach has been fined this year.

‘‘The best thing the NRL has done is just keep fining me and fining me and whacking the hell out of me, so I don’t say anything,’’ Stuart said in his press conference. ‘‘Why doesn’t the NRL come out and make public some of the communicat­ions between the referees, the bunker, and the linesmen?

‘‘Why don’t the NRL get the referees to come in and answer some of these questions too?

‘‘Then we’ll start fixing some things in regards to interpreta­tions and inconsiste­ncies.’’

Stuart has been fined a total of A$120,000 since his first headcoachi­ng role with the Sydney Roosters in 2002.

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