Newcastle star five-eighth Tyson Gamble has ripped into Bulldogs nice Willie Mason in a brutal reply forward of the Knights’ semi-final in opposition to the Warriors.
Mason, who at the moment works within the Bulldogs teaching employees, claimed on his Levels podcast final week that the Knights had the “worst f**king spine in the league” with out star fullback Kalyn Ponga.
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He went on to say that groups wouldn’t be anxious about Newcastle’s backbone, such that groups wouldn’t be doing video evaluation on a playmaking trio of Jackson Hastings, Phoenix Crossland and five-eighth Gamble.
Gamble, talking to AAP within the wake of the Knights’ elimination closing victory over the Raiders, tore into the outspoken NRL nice, telling him to again off.
“Me, Jacko and Phoenix all saw it,” Gamble mentioned.
“Everybody’s got an opinion. It’s alright, he should probably worry about his own backyard before he starts worrying about other people.
“He was a middle not a half, so tell him to get f***ed.
“We’re not a team of superstars, we’ve got Kalyn who is the biggest star in the game.
“We’re a team of blokes who do their job and that’s why we’re in the position we’re in.”
It comes amid an damage cloud for Newcastle halfback Hastings, who mentioned he was grateful to not have suffered a significant damage in gentle of Ryan Papenhuyzen’s horror ankle damage over the weekend.
“It’s frustration, it’s sadness, it’s anger, it’s pain, it’s all the emotions mixed into one. There’s not much you can do about it,” he mentioned.
“But there are people like Ryan Papenhuyzen, and that injury puts life into perspective.
“I feel so sorry for him and it brought a tear to my eye watching him go through that after he worked so hard to get back.
“It was really inspirational for someone like me who had to come back from a decent injury as well.
“Fingers crossed he can get back on the field as soon as possible because the game needs him and the game loves him.
“I reached out to him but he’s got about 400,000 followers.
“I sent him a message on Instagram because I had the same injury last year so I reached out to see if he needed a hand with the rehab.
“That’s the best thing about rugby league. Everyone looks after each other. We battle on the field, but when it comes down to it, we all care about each other and everyone’s wellbeing.
“If he doesn’t get back to me then I understand because he’s one of the most popular guys in the game.”
The halfback maintains he’ll rule himself out of rivalry for choice if the ankle damage didn’t heal in time.
“I’ve been pretty proud to get on the field every single week and contribute so I’m going to try to get back out there again this week,” Hastings mentioned.
“If I can’t, then I won’t. I’m not the guy who puts myself in front of the team, so if I can’t run and do what I need to do then I won’t play.
“I’ll let people know more at the end of the year. There’s a bit going on there so I don’t really want to give too much away yet.
“It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with it ever since the surgery. The hip drop didn’t help four weeks ago, and then I got a nice whack on it again today.
“I’ve got a fair bit going on and it’s been really frustrating.”