Taylor gesture earns rebuke
Thu July 5, 2012 1:24pm
DAVE Taylor's one-fingered salute during the thrilling State of Origin decider has landed him off side with bitterly disappointed Queensland officials.
Images of the South Sydney forward, who was dropped by the Maroons for the series decider, were pasted all over social networking sites on Thursday showing him flipping “the bird” - allegedly to the NSW bench.
Taylor watched the Maroons' 21-20 victory from the sidelines but was caught giving the finger in the 80th minute of the match, when Queensland were all but assured the win that secured them a seventh successive series.
His actions have embarrassed Queensland Rugby League (QRL) officials, who today sent him a sternly worded letter explaining such behaviour would not be overlooked.
“We don't condone this type of behaviour,” QRL boss Rob Moore, who sent an official notice to the 23 year-old expressing the QRL's disappointment.
“As coach Mal Meninga and his staff have worked hard to instil the highest of team values and one of those is having the utmost respect for the opposition.
“This behaviour is out of character for players who have been involved in our Origin program.
“We have today written a letter to Dave expressing our disappointment.”
The incident will no doubt take some of the gloss off Queensland's dramatic win in Petero Civoniceva's 33rd and final game for the Maroons.
Taylor has been going through a tough time of late and will no-doubt be disappointed his spur of the moment gesture has ignited further ill-feeling between the two camps.
Taylor aplogised this afternoon for his actions.
“I apologise for my actions at last night’s game. I did not mean to offend anybody,” Taylor said in a statement.
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