The world of Rugby League.

rleague.com

Nate Myles and Paul Gallenhttp://c1.puntersparadise.net/news/photos/Nate Myles and Paul Gallen-1370472865_n.jpg

Myles says no Gallen Origin feud

Nate Myles and Paul Gallen

Queensland forward Nate Myles said a run-in with Paul Gallen that left the Maroon with a bruised and swollen face would not be the start of a running feud with the NSW skipper.
Myles says no Gallen Origin feud
by AAP

By Wayne Heming

SYDNEY, June 6 AAP - Queensland forward Nate Myles said a run-in with Paul Gallen that left the Maroon with a bruised and swollen face would not be the start of a running feud with the NSW skipper.

Gallen was charged with a grade two striking offence after he let fly with both fists after bringing Myles down with a swinging arm during the State of Origin opener.

Myles had earlier dived into a tackle on NSW fullback Jarryd Hayne with his head low.

Gallen was heard to say: "He's been head butting series after series and twisting and twisting (legs)".

"Nate's been the dominant forward for the last two or three years. Someone had to stand up to him," Gallen said after the 14-6 win by the Blues.

Myles was happy to leave the ugly incident on the field.

"It's one of those things mate, it's Origin football," said Myles.

Asked about Gallen's claims that he is a serial headbutter, Myles replied: "That's just the way I tackle."

"If you want to get a good tackle in you have to use a good technique but I'll leave that up to the referees.

"To be honest, I'd leave it on the field, that's Origin.

"He put a couple of good ones on me."

Myles played down talk of a square up at Suncorp Stadium in the return game and said he didn't think Gallen should have been sin binned.

"Not at all mate, how could he be in it?," he said.

"Let's be honest, everyone wants to see it (punches).

"I don't think he should be charged."

Gallen's comments after the game suggested he may have been on a mission after one of Myles's tackles concussed NSW hooker Robbie Farah last year.

Titans prop Myles was asked if it was the start of a feud which could erupt in Brisbane with the series on the line.

"I wouldn't be back to beat him, he's pretty good," Myles said.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga said his players hadn't lost any self belief after winning the second-half 6-0.

"We just got beaten to the punch, with our start. They won the ruck, won the play the ball," said Meninga.

Meninga said he'd leave it up to officials to make a decision on what happened to Gallen.

"I guess in a normal game, 10 minutes in the bin maybe. It's Origin, we're comfortable with what happened," Meninga said.

Meninga also defended the decision to play champion five-eighth Johnathan Thurston with a groin injury.

"He trained well yesterday. He struggled a little bit tonight but everyone was behind the decision," Meninga said.

Sam Thaiday finished the game with a sizeable head cut.


Your thoughts?


You need to login or register to contribute here



Follow rleague.com on Facebook

Related Profiles

View profile pages including statistics, results, news, photos and more on all of the following...

Popular News Stories