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Sport Sharks fire back again at Cowboys' Cooper

09:13  14 march  2018
09:13  14 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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PAUL Gallen has fired back at North Queensland following accusations they deliberately targeted the injured knee of Matt Scott, challenging the Cowboys to name and shame his teammates. Cooper accused an unnamed Sharks player of committing unsavoury acts in the Cowboys ’ 20-14 win.

The Cowboys would get burned badly late in the second quarter as Carr hit a wide open Amari Cooper where Byron Jones got caught between two routes. In the fourth quarter, Damontre Moore would get a strip sack (although the Cowboys would once again fail to find the ball. Lewis Neal continued to

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Cronulla NRL coach Shane Flanagan has fired another shot back at North Queensland's Gavin Cooper, suggesting people will question his standing in the game if he continues to accuse the Sharks of dirty tactics.

Cooper caused a furore in Sharks territory on Monday when he claimed Cronulla defenders deliberately targeted and twisted the surgically repaired knee of Matt Scott in last week's clash.

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Maybe he should start worrying about the Dragons,” Cooper said. The Sharks and Cowboys have developed a fierce rivalry over the last five years Sharks back -rower Luke Lewis denied there was any attempt by his side to target Scott. “It’s ludicrous what he’s come out and said,” Lewis told NRL 360.

The Queensland State of Origin second-rower backed up his claims again on Tuesday night on Fox Sports, insisting he would not take the comments back despite denials from the Sharks.

But Flanagan said he'd closely reviewed the tape, and was still angered by what he claimed were baseless accusations.

"It's really surprising it's come out not once but twice," Flanagan said.

"I do (take offence to it). It's just ridiculous. His profile in the game - people are going to start to question him if he keeps trotting out stuff like that.

"As a club, we're not happy about it."

Scott's appearance against the Sharks was his first competitive match in the NRL since a serious knee injury last year in round two.

He pulled up fine from the Cowboys' six-point season-opening win and, when asked about the matter earlier this week, claimed he'd be tested, but "not targeted too much" and that he'd rather leave it on the field.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan hits back at North Queensland Cowboys claims about targeting Matt Scott

  Sharks coach Shane Flanagan hits back at North Queensland Cowboys claims about targeting Matt Scott <p>Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has angrily refuted reports that his side targeted Cowboys prop Matt Scott's injured knee during last Friday's clash in Townsville.</p>Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has angrily refuted reports that his side targeted Cowboys prop Matt Scott's injured knee during last Friday's clash in Townsville.

Shane Flanagan has again hit back at North Queensland's Gavin Cooper over claims Cronulla players had targeted Matt Scott's knees in their NRL season opener. © Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Shane Flanagan has again hit back at North Queensland's Gavin Cooper over claims Cronulla players had targeted Matt Scott's knees in their NRL season opener. But Flanagan again maintained on Wednesday the Sharks had no tactics to attack Scott's knees, and said they'd simply followed the conventional approach of every other team in the NRL.

"The Cowboys last year were No.1 in most-contact metres. If you don't get into the legs of a player, a forward carrying the football, you're going to be standing behind your goalposts," he said.

"Every coach does it.

"We did it under the rules; there is nothing there sinister. Matt Scott got up every time and played the ball. He never complained once.

"We're not going to go out there and try and get into his knees. That's not going to happen."

JT's classy gesture for bushfire victims .
Johnathan Thurston has announced he will auction off the boots he wore in his 300th NRL match to aid the NSW town of Tathra, which was devastated by fire last week. To raise money for those affected by the blaze, Thurston has generously donated the custom-decorated footwear he wore in match 300, a match that saw his North Queensland Cowboys defeat the Cronulla Sharks 20-14 in Townsville.

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