Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is in hot water and reportedly under investigation for his sideline conduct after Saturday's NRL loss to NZ Warriors.
The Canberra coach is never one to hold back his emotions on the sideline and was openly irate, after an apparent Kodi Nikorima forward pass lead to a crucial Ben Murdoch-Masila try for the Warriors.
The official ground manager's report alleged Stuart dropped the 'F bomb' in abuse of referee Henry Perenara, but Stuart strongly denies this claim.
The Daily Telegraph reports Stuart was shocked, after being informed of the investigation, admitting he vented his frustration on the sidelines, along with the other Raiders home fans, but he denied directing abuse at any individual, including NZ-born Perenara.
Perenara was only promoted from reserve grade for the Raiders clash with the Warriors, after Matt Cecchin was scratched, due to illness.
The NRL match review committee will check video and audio footage from the sideline, before determining if a breach notice will be issued.
The Warriors scored four unanswered tries and barely survived a last-minute raid that saw captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck dislodge the ball, as Raiders wing Jordan Rapana dove at the corner for a matchwinning try.
The result - their biggest-ever comeback - against the title contenders on their own turf significantly boosts the Warriors, who have now taken two wins from their first three games of the 2021 campaign, losing by four points to Newcastle Knights last week.
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