General Roosters falling apart at the seams....

2big2strong_old

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Here's a video clip from the round just gone (16) with the Roosters vs the Raiders, there is some verbal exchanges caught on audio that would make any league fan a little worried about their team. This has some swearing in it so if you're easily offended don't go to the link (and by some swearing i mean A LOT!)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM4oX2HQbho

The persons exchanging the insults are Brett Finch and Craig Fitzgibbon.
 

Northern_Union

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Hmmm a sign of a team imploding that. Seen it happen with teams i've been involved with.
Interestingly it's Morley as the calming influence, everyone knows he's a hothead but he obviously knows there is trouble brewing.
 

Warrioraholic_old

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Couldnt happen to a better team. Wish it had of happened about september october 2002 lol.

They just one of the teams I think all warriors fans love to hate.
 

danco_old

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ricky stuart is the problem, hes the boss and they have to jump when told. players have to respect the coach if he wants to get the best out of them. I think the team is falling apart.
 

MarkW_old

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From that I wouldn't say the team is falling apart... it was funny though ;)
I'm sure every team has the odd verbal tiff onfield.. we are usually just never able to hear it.
And we all know Feenchy ain't the most popular guy running around the NRL. :lol:
 

warriors4life_old

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With the arrival of Anasta and Harrison this year I was tipping the Roosters to be the premiers or very close to it, but they just aren't playing this year like they did between 2002-2004.
 

MiXmasterreece_old

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The Roosters dynasty is over for now, they are going to slump for another couple of years.
 

2big2strong_old

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MarkW said:
From that I wouldn't say the team is falling apart... it was funny though ;)
I'm sure every team has the odd verbal tiff onfield.. we are usually just never able to hear it.
And we all know Feenchy ain't the most popular guy running around the NRL. :lol:

I beg to differ, Fitzgibbon and Finch have held two 'Crisis Meetings' in the past week. This isn't the 'odd verbal tiff' this is a team that don't get along behind closed doors and now even on the field. they're falling apart, hahahahahahahaha @ roosters
 

2big2strong_old

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RS_Dragon said:
Hmmm a sign of a team imploding that. Seen it happen with teams i've been involved with.
Interestingly it's Morley as the calming influence, everyone knows he's a hothead but he obviously knows there is trouble brewing.

It was actually their young prop David Shillington bro, Morley was wearing 8.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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ha ha for the roosters.

i dont feel sorry for them one bit..but i do feel sorry for some of their fans (the good ones who dont like to give it to the bulldogs fans)

i hate the roosters they are my team i love to hate, i hate their coach, i hate everything about them.

also thanks for taking braith off our hands <3
 

edguy_old

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over rated braith ........... lol he left the bismarck and jumped onto the titanic ..... down down down go the chooks ..... hahahahahahah

gotta love it ..........i think we all hate the latte sipping set ......


and to think many moons ago ...aka pre 1995 , i used to support those guys ..............ick
 

edguy_old

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the roorters should never have let jason cayless go ..
he was there main go forward man ......
part of the reason they suck this year methinks ....
 

MarkW_old

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2black2strong said:
MarkW said:
From that I wouldn't say the team is falling apart... it was funny though ;)
I'm sure every team has the odd verbal tiff onfield.. we are usually just never able to hear it.
And we all know Feenchy ain't the most popular guy running around the NRL. :lol:

I beg to differ, Fitzgibbon and Finch have held two 'Crisis Meetings' in the past week. This isn't the 'odd verbal tiff' this is a team that don't get along behind closed doors and now even on the field. they're falling apart, hahahahahahahaha @ roosters

Ah well, maybe they need a team shrink then lol
 

sebastian_old

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Domino dancing watch them all fall down!!
r.i.p east sydney travel lounge 2006- Destroyed themselves like the true snobs they are.
 

2big2strong_old

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lol. the clip even made the Sydney Morning Herald hahaha.

FITZGIBBON AND FINCH HEATED ON-FIELD ARGUEMENT
by Matthew O'Neill (Senior Editor)

The Roosters 42-10 loss on the weekend against Canberra has been further compounded with audio footage of a very heated arguement between Roosters captain Craig Fitzgibbon and former Origin player Brett Finch.

Someone who had access to the referee's sound was able to produce online footage of Fitzgibbon clearly giving it to Finch when a 4th tackle kick into the ingoal area was easily taken by Canberra centre Phil Graham with little or no pressure on him.

The file, posted on youtube.com, clearly shows Fitzgibbon and Finch laying into each other in very extraordinary circumstances with David Shillington having to calm Finch down.

It's been a nightmare season for the Roosters and in particular a frustrating season for both Fitzgibbon and Finch.

Fitzgibbon who has been a representative certainty since 2002 was dropped from the Australian side despite Ricky Stuart being the new Test coach and a solid performance for Country wasn't enough for him to get into the New South Wales State of Origin squad. Fitzgibbon has fallen behind the pecking order and is playing like a footballer who is tired and just can't find the spring in his step. Fitzgibbon this year tookover the captaincy from Luke Ricketson and had struggled to lift the Roosters into the top eight despite the squad being glittered with stars and talent.

Finch's year has been an extraordinary one in every sense where he has seen every high and low possible. Finch was originally dropped to hooker and shuffled around a few positions. Supporters of the Roosters have even started an extreme group known as FOFF ( Off Finch Foundation) and no player in the game attracts more criticism from their own supporters than Finch does from the Roosters.

When Finch steered the Roosters to a great victory over the then inform North Queensland side, he said on Fox Sports when being interviewed that Roosters supporters can "kiss my ****", further agitating the supporter base. He won selection in the Country side and a solid performance along with an injury to Craig Gower saw him picked in the opening State of Origin match only the night before the match. Finch won NSW the match with a long range drop-goal with a minute remaining and retained his spot in the second match despite Brett Kimmorley and Matt Orford being available. Finch along with Roosters team-mate Braith Anasta were caught out in spectacular fashion and both with no surprise lost their positions.

Roosters coach Ricky Stuart moved Finch to hooker for Sunday's clash against Canberra and in his Sunday Telegraph column publicly supported Finch giving him great praise about his attitude, desire and application. Stuart even admitted that moving Finch to hooker cost him any chance of retaining his position in the NSW side and it's unlikely that Finch will be called upon again.

This incident highlights that the Roosters are a club that is frustrated and where all isn't well. It's easy to pinpoint the problems at Brad Fittler departing but the Roosters for a long time knew Fittler leaving was going to happen. Brisbane won a Premiership the year after Allan Langer's first retirement and Canterbury with an unheralded side made a Grand Final two years after Terry Lamb called it a day, both players who gave their clubs longer service than what Fittler gave the Roosters.

The Roosters will look to a quick fix solution to remedy the problems from this year, but often the best solutions come from within and not from imports. The Roosters Jersey Flegg side were undefeated in 2004 and the only time they were pushed all the way in a match was in the Grand Final that year. These are the kids who can bring new life, new spirit and a new era to the Bondi club.

The Roosters since making the 2004 have bought Amos Roberts, Brett Firman, Joel Monaghan, Richard Fa'aoso, Braith Anasta, Ashley Harrison, Mark Edmondson and Charles Tonga (who was formerly known as Charlie before joining the Roosters). Only Roberts has been a successful signing with the others at best being complete flops with Firman and Fa'aoso are no longer at the club.

Whilst in the meantime players such as Michael Crocker and Ryan Cross who have been developed by the Roosters have left the club and Adrian Morley who has been the Premier forward in the game since 2002 will also be leaving.

The Roosters have the bye this weekend and it couldn't come at a perfect time after five successive losses, rumblings about players in-fighting and now an incident between two senior players being caught clearly on audio.
 

2big2strong_old

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Roosters NRL pair in swearing match
Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 7:37 PM

Sydney Roosters supremo Nick Politis has thrown his support behind embattled coach Ricky Stuart as new video footage revealed an explosive on-field altercation between star players Craig Fitzgibbon and Brett Finch.

The heated exchange occurred during the side's 42-10 NRL loss to Canberra on Saturday, with prop David Shillington forced to defuse the ugly confrontation.

The incident took place after Finch put through a poor fourth-tackle kick into the Canberra in-goal, which was fielded on the full by Raiders centre Phil Graham.

Fitzgibbon, who has re-signed with the club for a further year, was upset Finch didn't put the ball through the hands, igniting an incredible slanging match which can be viewed on the rleague.com website.

Fitzgibbon: "in' push it!"

Finch: "I couldn't get the c**t through."

Fitzgibbon: "Shut your in' mouth."

Finch: "Shut yours, you fu**er!"

Fitzgibbon: "I couldn't get it through!"

(Shillington tries to intervene)

Fitzgibbon: "Don't in' speak to me like that!"

Fitzgibbon has played down the incident, claiming there was no bad blood between him and Finch.

"There was nothing in it, it was just heat of the moment stuff that happens all the time," Fitzgibbon told AAP.

"There's no ill-feeling there, it's just the way it goes.

"We're doing our best and if anything it shows how much we care about the club and try to turn things around.

"(Frustration) is all it is, me and Finchy are good mates.

"It's just passion, showing that we care.

"We're playing a pretty unforgiving sport and you have to be able to take criticism, but sometimes frustrations boil over."

The pair spoke about the incident afterwards, with Fitzgibbon claiming they had both "moved on".

"It's not something we need to go on about because as soon as the game was finished we shook hands and he told me I played well and I told him he played well," he said.

"It's passion, it happens at every club, not just ones that are struggling."

Roosters CEO Brian Canavan was unaware of the incident until quizzed about it.

"It's obviously of no great concern because it hasn't been mentioned to me or any of the others, nobody has mentioned it anywhere within the club," he said.

"The talk of the players after the game was that they need to take responsibility for their own performances."

The club took the unprecedented step of issuing a media release quoting Politis and Roosters greats Luke Ricketson and Brad Fittler to counter rumours of division in the playing ranks.

The move follows reports there was a rift between senior and upcoming players and a scathing appraisal of the team's performance by Stuart after the thumping by Canberra.

The Kangaroos coach labelled the performance the worst defensive effort he had seen as coach and blasted some of his players as "passengers".

The Roosters have lost five in a row and are currently equal second last on the competition ladder.

There are also reports utility Craig Wing is unhappy at the club and is considering a move back to rugby union.

"The Sydney Roosters thrive on loyalty and support of each other during difficult periods," Politis said in the statement.

"Contrary to some ill-informed comments, I re-confirm Ricky Stuart and his coaching team have our full support."

Ricketson added: "I still mix with the players socially and at club events and I can assure you there is no ill feeling ... they are good guys who get on well."

Politis also offered a parting shot to the club's critics.

"To our critics, good luck, you can criticise us as much as you want but you will not divide the Roosters," he said.

"We have been around too long, we know each other too well and we stick solid on and off the field."
 

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