Josh McGuire’s sledge to Blake Ferguson has been described as both “below the belt” and “defamatory”, setting up an intriguing face-off the next time the Origin stars meet.
McGuire threw plenty of verbal barbs Ferguson’s way at halftime in the series decider on Wednesday night which continued as the teams walked up the tunnel.
According to NRL 360 host Paul Kent, McGuire’s words were so vile that Blues enforcer David Klemmer was forced to confront the Maroons villain and put him in his place before they headed into the dressing rooms at the break.
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McGuire’s sledge defamatory?
NRL: The NRL 360 panel discuss whether Josh McGuire’s sledge on Blake Ferguson during the Origin decider was below the belt.
“I was just seeing what was up. He was getting stuck into Fergy and I came in to see what the go is,” Klemmer said.
“You’d have to ask Fergo (what he said). He was ripping into Fergo but I didn’t hear what he was saying.”
Ferguson told The Daily Telegraph: “I didn’t really hear it to be honest. It was a little bit of yapping in my ear.”
Blake Ferguson and Josh McGuire at halftime in Origin III.Source:Supplied
But Kent said it was more than just yapping.
“I can’t say what we believe McGuire said because it’s defamatory if I said it,” Kent told NRL 360 on Fox League.
“It’s inappropriate and it’s definitely below the belt.
“Ferguson’s confirmed he’s prepared to let it rest on the field, but certainly there was a square up certainly at the end of the game when Ferguson told him ‘mate, say it again and there’s a fair chance it’s on’.
“We might have to wait now until next year to see what happens.”
The Telegraph reported that the verbal tirade continued at fulltime with Ferguson firing back at McGuire with words to the effect of “don’t you ever say that shit again or I will f…ing drop ya.”
Originally published as‘Below the belt’: McGuire sledge slammed
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