Canberra’s Elliott Whitehead has hit back at criticism from former South Sydney star Mark Carroll.Canberra’s Elliott Whitehead has issued a stinging response to former South Sydney star Mark Carroll, who has claimed the England international committed a “dog act”.
The Raiders forward says he’s not bothered by some negative commentary over his hit on Rabbitohs prop Tom Burgess during the NRL clash last Saturday.
When quizzed on being criticised by Carroll, Whitehead claimed he didn’t know who the former NSW and Australia player was.
“I haven’t heard of him and I haven’t heard of any comments, so I’m not that bothered,” Whitehead said on Tuesday.
Caroll teed off on Fox Sports last Sunday about the dangerous contact charge, which Whitehead took an early guilty plea for.
The 28-year-old Englishman is free to play in the Raiders’ vital clash with North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday but will have 90 carryover points hanging over his head.
“To me that was a dog act, that was a cheap shot,” Carroll said.
“He’s not taking a dive, Christ.
“The bloke didn’t even have the ball and he wasn’t even expecting it and he got whacked.
“That was a cheap shot.”
Whitehead said there was nothing malicious about the incident and was looking to move on from it.
“I expected Tom to get the ball, I probably committed and felt like I couldn’t pull out; so I’m playing this week now and that’s all that matters,” he said.
The clash was just one of many fiery incidents to come out of the match on the Central Coast which the Rabbitohs won 42-22.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart took a cheeky swipe at Burgess after the game, accusing the 26-year-old of laying down.
The Burgess brothers were involved in other noteworthy clashes, as Sam accepted a two-match ban for his high hit on Raiders halfback Aidan Sezer.
George Burgess accepted a $1550 fine for a high tackle on Canberra lock Luke Bateman.
Australian Associated Press