Ryan James: SBW Brushed Me

Gold Coast - Ryan JamesBy STEVE MASCORD

GOLD Coast giant Ryan James says Sonny Bill Williams brushed him at fulltime when he shook hands with the dual international after the pair’s running battle at Allianz Stadium.

James and Williams exchanged words several times during the Titans’ upset 30-22 win and afterwards the young Titan approached Williams for a handshake.

“I shook his hand at fulltime and said ‘thanks for the game’ and he didn’t really appreciate it,” said James, 22.

“So, yeah, that’s up to him.

“It was a good contest. You know, we had a couple of words on the field but it stays on the field. Footy’s footy. I love getting into those contests.”

Williams and Titans back rower Greg Bird also jostled at the end of the first half, a confrontation Bird chose not to discuss publically. But the visitors were surprised how vocal SBW was during the match.

James described the victory, which came in the face of a mammoth injury toll, as the best of his first grade career. Winger-cum-fullback Kevin Gordon rated it “in the top five wins” of his entire life.

“It was one of the most important, for this year especially,” said Gordon. “I don’t think anyone trained until the last day, Saturday.

“It’s one of the assets we’ve got – anyone can play anywhere. It’s just belief. We’re starting to believe in ourselves.”

Gordon played for a couple of minutes in only one boot when a loose shoe was thrown into the stands by rival James Maloney.

“Luckily, I got it back,’ said the Philippines international. “I don’t know how I would have gone stepping off my right foot.

“The trainer went and got it back out of the crowd.”

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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