Raiders stars Blake Austin and Joey Leilua are still friends.
That’s the word from Austin, who’s been forced to publicly deny rumours of a falling out between the pair that have been peddled by some sections of the mainstream media (they weren’t published on The Obstruction Rule, because it seemed absurdly obvious to us that Leilua’s words to Austin that started the rumour were clearly football-related).
Speaking to The Canberra Times, Austin explained what the spray was about, at that everything’s fine.
“That was a moment of frustration from Joey,” Austin said. “It came off the back of me holding onto a pass that some believe I should have passed.”
“For people to suggest that in a moment in a footy match like that, that I’d hang onto the ball because of who’s outside me is ridiculous.”
“In the heat of battle, he’s entitled to his opinion and the way he responds in the match is probably different to how he’d respond after.”
“There’s nothing there, no.”
And there you have it – Austin made a poor football decision, and Leilua let him know about it.
Move along people, there’s nothing to see here.