Ricky responds to biting allegation after Ponga’s surprise take

Ricky Stuart says he “hopes a great game” isn’t overshadowed by biting allegations against Jack Wighton during Canberra’s 30-28 elimination final loss to Newcastle.

With the Raiders up 16-6 in the second half, Gamble claimed to have been bitten by Wighton in a tackle, showing what looked like a bite mark to referee Ashley Klein.

Wighton was placed on report but no further action was taken.

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Stuart was asked about the incident in his post-match press conference, but wasn’t keen to delve into it.

“They are allegations,” Stuart said.

“I just hope that great game of football isn’t overshadowed in the media by that.”

The incident was a turning point in the contest, with the Knights scoring the next four tries, including three in ten minutes following Gamble’s allegations.

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Knights coach Adam O’Brien preferred not to voice his opinion on the incident, responding with a “nup” when asked for his view on it.

Skipper Kalyn Ponga said it certainly fired the crowd up, which helped the Knights turn the game in their favour.

“He (Klein) just said that he couldn’t see anything. Play on,” Ponga said.

“The crowd got behind us definitely. The crowd got us home, not that incident.”

Despite the loss, Stuart lauded his side for the fight they showed.

The Raiders were missing star forwards Corey Horsburgh and Josh Papalii as well as in-form outside back Seb Kris.

Tyson Gamble alleges he was bitten to referee Ashley Klein.Source: FOX SPORTS

“The performance wasn’t what everybody expected, it wasn’t what you guys expected, it wasn’t what anybody expected outside the club,” Stuart said.

“That’s the Raiders DNA, what you are seeing there tonight. That’s why we are a top eight side, unlucky not to be in the top four, but not according to so many people.

“I said throughout the week, you wouldn’t have thought we were playing semi final football.. I was so proud tonight.

“You wouldn’t know that we had two Origin players out and an international player but you probably would have heard about it if it was another club.

“We don’t talk about it, we just worry about the next bloke up … I was so proud of their efforts in a difficult environment.”

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