Dragons veteran Aaron Woods has lifted the lid on an early-morning incident involving two of his teammates, admitting it was ‘not a good look’ for the struggling club.
Following a disappointing 42-24 loss to South Sydney in the annual Charity Shield trial game on Saturday, the playing group were given permission to go out in Mudgee and have a few beers, with the Red V receiving the bye in the opening round of the season.
The majority of the St George Illawarra squad were well-behaved and enjoyed their time together – but a scuffle between two players at 6am on Sunday morning has left another black eye on the club.
Mikaeale Ravalawa and Zane Musgrove reportedly had to be separated by teammates after a verbal altercation, with the Dragons investigating the incident and any potential sanctions.
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Speaking on Triple M, Woods revealed some of the players kicked on after their visit to the pub and it escalated well after he was in bed asleep.
“Obviously the game wasn’t our best performance, it was quite poor and there was a fair bit said about that throughout the weekend,” he said.
“At the end of the day it is a trial, but for the standards we hold ourselves to, it wasn’t good enough.
“It was a pretty sombre dressing room…we were staying in a little hotel all together, we were allowed to have a couple of beers because we don’t play for three weeks now.
“We have the bye Round 1 and we don’t play until the Sunday of Round 2. It was the only opportunity we had to sit down and bunker in and if we go out, it’s one in all in and we all stick together.
“We ended up coming home and a couple of the other boys got a little bit rowdy in the hotel room. It was similar to Latrell and Jack Wighton, but there was no police involvement or anything in it.
“It was just a little bit of an argument with men, a little bit of wrestling happened and afterwards we were all best mates again.
“We haven’t really addressed it, we haven’t trained yet but we are in tomorrow and it’s something we will sit down and we’ll talk about.
“I’m sure the players that have done something wrong will address the group and we will see from there.”
Musgrove and Ravalawa are not expected to face any punishment from the NRL, but could be looking at club-imposed fines following the incident.
The scuffle continues a horror off-season for the Dragons, who are already missing young gun Talatau Amone due to his ongoing legal battle and have been hit with a stack of injury and illness concerns throughout the group.
To make matters worse, their defeat at the hands of the Rabbitohs has seen continued pressure mounting on head coach Anthony Griffin.
Woods admitted the latest incident wasn’t a good look, but believes the players had every right to go out and enjoy some drinks with an extended break ahead of them before their Round 2 clash with the Titans.
“It wasn’t the best weekend for the Dragons,” he said.
“The game didn’t go the way we planned, everyone was quite frustrated, but you don’t want to keep dwelling on it.
“We had to bunker down and we wanted to sit down and have a few beers. We went down to the local pub…we came back, some went to bed and some were still mucking around in their rooms and it just escalated.
“It’s probably not a good look from the outside in, but the next morning everyone was sweet.”