Warriors' grubby insult leaves Titans fuming

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 10:06 01/09/2014
Greg Bird
Photosport
NAME CALLING: The Warriors have been criticised for calling Titans star Greg Bird a "grub" on Twitter.

Relevant offers

League

NRL season launch invitation confirms Shaun Johnson's arrival as genuine star Simon Mannering takes Kiwis Player of the Year gong at NZ Rugby League awards Auckland Nines may hurt NRL teams' premiership hopes, says Cooper Cronk Former Melbourne Storm CEO Brian Waldron speaks out on salary cap saga Warriors captain Simon Mannering to miss Auckland Nines Steve Matai move to Warriors from Sea Eagles rubbished Johnathan Thurston left out of North Queensland Cowboys squad for Nines Racehorse magnate Marwan Koukash in bid to have English club in NRL expansion Manly forward Feleti Mateo holds no grudge after exit from the Warriors Chris Sandow to captain the Parramatta Eels at the Auckland Nines

The Gold Coast have accused the Warriors of getting too personal with their social media campaign after Titans co-captain Greg Bird was labelled a "grub" on Twitter yesterday.

Bird was involved in a 55th minute scuffle with Warriors winger Ngani Laumape, and both were put on report during the Warriors' vital 42-0 win at Mt Smart.

The dust had hardly settled when the Warriors Twitter account sent out the message: "Bird ... more like grub" to their 53,188 followers.

>Share this story on Facebook

Gold Coast media manager Neil Cadigan told the Sydney Morning Herald: "I'm all for club tweets being parochial and clever but perhaps that crossed the line a bit - it's personal and the refs saw little in the incident."

The dust-up seemed to spur the Titans to an improved final quarter, though there was no chance of overhauling the rampant Warriors who now have a shot at the playoffs if they can beat Penrith in their final regular season match on Saturday.

It's not the first time Bird has been labelled a "grub".

Manly player Anthony Watmough used the term to describe Bird in a sound-bite caught live on TV during an NRL clash in 2012 when Bird milked a penalty during a Titans win.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content