Ricky Stuart suffers amnesia during Raiders win over Roosters
SMH: Canberra coach Ricky Stuart said he’d never seen a tougher win than the last-gasp win over Sydney Roosters.
“I’ve witnessed a lot of tough wins under challenging moments and adversity but I haven’t seem one tougher than that,” Stuart said. “I always say ‘desire and want equals success’ and today proved me right. The amount of errors we made today, we didn’t deserve to win. We won on character.”
In reference to the sin bin dismissal of centre Joey Leilua, Stuart said: “Playing 10 minutes out there in those conditions with only 12 men – that was unbelievable. We didn’t win that from ability today. We won that through our character and desire.”
Rick played 243 games in the NRL for the Raiders and Bulldogs, and another 25 in rep footy. He’s coached 295 games in the NRL and another 21 in rep footy. That’s nearly 600 games assuming he never watched another game ever, and apparently the toughest win he’s seen on either side of the ball was a non-descript home win in March against an error-ridden Roosters team.
Rick was immediately put through the concussion protocol after that press conference, and it was determined he had what doctors refer to as “selective amnesia”.
Rick got through that press conference on muscle memory though. He managed to keep up his 1:1 ratio of “I” vs “We”, and even managed to quote himself twice. above his 1.8 press conference career average. He got in the official “proved me right” used after every 2nd win on average.
Just all grit, The Rick.