Nick Cotric did not hit the "spear lance": Ricky Stuart labeled the ejection very well

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Ricky Stuart stated that Nick Cotric should not have been expelled despite the dangerous launch on the center of Draghi Tim Lafai.

Stuart was fired during the post-match press conference, saying he believed Cotric was on the move because "at the moment there is a lot of noise regarding fair play".

"I don't think it was a foul, it was an accident," he said.

"Anyone who thinks it's a spear, doesn't know about the rugby league game.

"It was not intentional, but [the tackle] if it got away a little and I understand it, it's an accident.

"The boy [Lafai] played, Nick has no malice in him at all.

"It ended up with him in the wrong part of this, as far as he was expelled. I just thought it was very hard.

"My heart turned to him because I know how much it will hurt."

Stuart said the Raiders would fight the issue once the game was reviewed on Monday.

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