Sharks captain Paul Gallen has returned fire at Tigers coach Ivan Cleary during an interview on Channel 9, after Cleary accused the Sharks skipper of diving in order to milk a penalty.
“Ivan’s got a fair bit to worry about – his team had more than 50 per cent possession, won a 7-2 penalty count, playing against a side that had 60 per cent completion rate (sic) and still didn’t get a win,” Gallen said. “He should probably worry about his own backyard before he worries about me.”
Gallen then went on, “Unfortunately, people who want to say that don’t know the game.”
Now, we’re not taking sides*, but in fairness, Cleary did play 186 first grade games in a career spanning over a decade, held the all-time record for most points in a season, has coached a further 268 first grade games, and featured in Grand Finals as both a player and coach. So, he probably does know the game at least a little bit.
Gallen then started on a condescending rant about the actions of Tigers captain Aaron Woods.
“I’ll say it’s acting, I’ll say it’s a dive, when someone shows me evidence I’m not being grabbed by Aaron Woods.”
“It was a penalty on Saturday night, and unfortunately for Tigers fans and players, it will be a penalty every time it happens again.”
“You should be asking him why he grabbed my jersey. There was no need to grab my jersey.”
“There was nothing in the tackle that would warrant him coming out and doing that, but unfortunately he did and let the Tigers down.”
In related news, the Bulldogs have done extraordinarily well by signing Tigers captain Woods, who apparently has the strength of 10 men.
*Yes we are. We’re on Cleary’s side.