There’s no axe to find for the Stewart brothers
Can we please stop applauding Brett and Glenn Stewart for their varying feats of mediocrity? Firstly, Brett Stewart is one of the best, if not the best, finishers in rugby league. He is helped by playing behind an excellent team but nonetheless he is a great try-scorer.
However, the plaudits he’s received for his supposed “burying the hatchet” moment with David Gallop on the Grand Final day are ridiculous.
Brett has ponced around with a chip on his shoulder for two years and for no apparent reason.
He was punished for acting like a drunken fool. He was not punished for the criminal charges laid against him. Those were charges on which he was later acquitted.
I’m also extremely sick of articles throughout the finals saying Brett was ‘doing it for his suspended brother’. Because we all know that NRL players only play well when their brother has been suspended.
At least Ray Warren has stopped banging on about him being a diabetic though.
Now, on to the Karl Pilkington look-a-like, Glenn Stewart. I don’t like Glenn Stewart (along with the vast majority of his teammates, fans, coaches and generally people who associate with him) but he is an excellent player.
The form he has showed this season – though not good enough for Dally M recognition (see “Dally M fallout not all positive”) – has been great.
However, he should have no axe to grind with Gallop either. The Courier Mail said something about his pat on Gallop’s arm on the stage being a way of saying ‘No hard feelings mate’.
I would like to call it bullsh** right here.
a) It was a completely innocuous hand shake, and b) Glenn was, if anything, treated a little leniently by the judiciary for his part in the Brooky Brawl. Brett, on the other hand, was treated ridiculously gently.
On top of that, Phil Gould is one of the greatest minds in the game of rugby league. In saying that, Gould’s comment that Glenn Stewart’s five-metre grubber for Michael Robertson just before half-time was ‘the best grand final play he’s ever seen’ was absolutely laughable – at least it would have been if it hadn’t raised such serious questions about Gus’ sanity.
It was a short grubber behind a rushing defensive line and Manu Vatuvei – the opposing winger – was twenty metres back, thus removing any danger of a mis-kick (this is all disregarding the blatant obstruction seconds later).
So, if you want to applaud Brett and Glenn Stewart for their play, go right ahead. But please, can everyone stop acting like the world owes them something?