Getting in the fight the focus for Demetriou: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2023/03/16/getting-in-the-fight-the-focus-for-demetriou-coach/
JD quite clearly excited for tomorrow. He loves the rivalry just as much as the fans and players. Let's gooooo!!!
Gallery - Round 3 Captain's Run: https://www.rabbitohs.com.au/news/2023/03/16/gallery-round-three-captains-run/
From The Sporting News,
Roosters coach Trent Robinson responds to latest swipe from Rabbitohs
If there wasn't enough heat and animosity heading into Friday night's blockbuster between the Roosters and Rabbitohs, there certainly is now.
With the two proud foundation clubs to square off for the first time since last year's chaotic semi-final, former Souths boss Shane Richardson has dropped a massive bomb on the Tricolours regarding the future of young gun Joseph Suaalii
The teenage sensation famously left the Bunnies for their cross-town rivals in 2021 and has cemented himself as one of the best young players in the game, scoring 17 tries in 26 games and representing Samoa in last year's World Cup.
Following a recent public debate surrounding Suaalii, his contract and his desire to play fullback, Richardson took that as a golden opportunity to take a shot at the former Souths prodigy.
Roosters coach Trent Robinson
has since responded and urged their rivals to look in the mirror, while former captain Braith Anasta has condemned criticism of the club's salary cap.
Shane Richardson questions Joseph Suaalii's loyalty
In an abrupt statement made to Fox League
during the build-up to the Round 3 clash, Richardson took a shot at Suaalii's loyalty to the Roosters.
While the likes of James Tedesco and Joseph Manu have shown their allegiance to the Bondi-based outfit, the teenager is believed to be playing hard-ball.
“When you’re building a club, you build it around players who want to be there…not around players who are only prepared to sign one-year extensions," Richardson said.
"Tedesco and Manu have both clearly shown the Roosters they want to be part of their club.
"I know they both took less money to stay under the Roosters sombrero which everyone jokes about."
Tedesco re-signed until the end of 2025 this week
, while both Suaalii and Manu are without deals beyond 2024.
'Look in the mirror': Trent Robinson squashes claims
The comments from Richardson certainly didn't go down well on the other side of Anzac Parade, with Roosters head coach Robinson keen to fire back with a shot of his own.
“I think our loyalty has been shown," he said.
"Stats have shown that a lot of our guys have been here for a long period of time compared to across the road.
"A lot of our guys have come through our system and that’s been the case over many years."
For reference, the Roosters (11) have less one-club NRL players involved in Friday night's clash compared to South Sydney (13).
|ROOSTERS ONE-CLUB PLAYERS||RABBITOHS ONE-CLUB PLAYERS|
- Daniel Tupou
- Joseph Suaalii
- Joey Manu
- Sam Walker
- Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
- Lindsay Collins
- Egan Butcher
- Nat Butcher
- Victor Radley
- Terrell May
- Fletcher Baker
- Alex Johnston
- Isaiah Tass
- Campbell Graham
- Izaac Thompson
- Cody Walker
- Lachlan Ilias
- Tevita Tatola
- Tom Burgess
- Cameron Murray
- Keaon Koloamatangi
- Shaq Mitchell
- Davvy Moale
- Blake Taaffe
Former Roosters captain hits back over salary cap criticism
With the comments from Richardson airing during an episode of NRL 360,
it was inevitable that former Roosters captain Braith Anasta
was going to give his two cents.
Anasta took aim at Richardson's comments and the suggestion that the Tricolours were over the salary cap.
“I just think it’s glass houses," he said.
"Where is he? He’s popped up out of nowhere again. I haven’t seen him in years and all of a sudden, he gets involved in this rivalry.
"He’s accusing the Roosters of cheating the salary cap…it’s a suggestion they are cheating the cap.
"Maybe we should get him on and he can explain that."