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Ricky Stuart furious over Cotric send-off

The Canberra Raiders may have picked up a comfortable win over the St George Illawarra Dragons, yet coach Ricky Stuart was left fuming over a controversial decision during the second half.

Nick Cotric became the first player sent off this season for his tackle on Tim Lafai after he was given his marching orders by referee Ashley Klein.

However, Stuart said the decision flew in the face of others and was borne out of the hysteria surrounding foul play in recent weeks.

Stuart indicated the Raiders will contest any ban for Cotric.

Despite going a player down for the final 22 minutes, the Raiders would score two more tries to win the half, running out 36-14 victors.

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