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Sport Stuart was right to drop me: Papalii

14:57  16 april  2018
14:57  16 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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On 3 April 2018, Papalii was dropped to reserve grade by coach Ricky Stuart along with fellow Canberra player Blake Austin after a tough opening On 31 May 2018, Papalii spoke to the media about his shock axing to reserve grade saying "Our team wasn't going too well at the time and I knew

Papalii said the honest talk from Stuart made him look at himself and consider whether he was truly "Every time I took the field this year after I got dropped I was pretty emotional," Papalii said. "It (winning a second Meninga Medal) is right up there to be honest, it's not every day you play for your

Queensland State of Origin forward Josh Papalii admits Canberra coach Ricky Stuart made the right call by dropping him back to reserve grade.© Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Queensland State of Origin forward Josh Papalii admits Canberra coach Ricky Stuart made the right call by dropping him back to reserve grade. Josh Papalii concedes coach Ricky Stuart made the right decision to drop back him to reserve grade as Canberra try to turn their season around.

Papalii and playmaker Blake Austin were the men made to pay for the Raiders' worst start to a season in 21 years, dropped back this month to play for Mounties in the NSW Cup.

Both are back in the Raiders' first-grade side after respective one-week absences, Austin courtesy of an injury to Sam Williams and Papalii following a recall against Parramatta last week.

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Stuart said Papalii had come back from his mini-exile - returning via the bench in round six - a different man. "There are reasons why I dropped Josh. Papalii racked up 80m, 35 tackles and scored a trademark bullocking try in the round eight win, carrying three defenders including Cowboys giant

Josh Papalii concedes coach Ricky Stuart made the right decision to drop back him to reserve grade as Canberra try to turn their season around. Papalii and "I think I've been pretty consistent all year but I've got to keep improving every week," said Addo-Carr, speaking on Wednesday at the site of the

But despite being a Queensland State of Origin representative or the past five years, Papalii conceded his poor start to the year warranted a demotion.

"I probably agreed with Ricky on the call to drop me back," Papalii said on Monday.

"I just copped it on the chin like most players would. Sticky said I wasn't in form and dropped me back for one week. It didn't hurt.

"I've been in these shoes before. I got dropped back to Souths Logan back in the day.

"Sometimes to try and get that spark you need to take a few steps backwards and come back a better player."

Papalii played in the middle in his outing on for Mounties and also figured there off the bench for the Raiders last weekend.

Whether he returns to the edge is unclear but Stuart appears unlikely to make changes after the Raiders won their past two games to climb back to 13th on the ladder.

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