“That’s shithouse, and while he’s down, and his shoulder is f—ed, you shitbag,” Graham said.
The Dragons forward then tells the referees: “He’s f—ing injured, and you want to talk safety and all that shit.”
I viewed the incident as unsavoury, and when you see something happen to your mate, that’s how I sometimes react.
Graham then gets sent away before he turns to stand-in skipper Paul Vaughan and tells him to ”fire up” at the officials.
When asked about the blow-up on Tuesday, Graham said: “It’s part of our game sometimes and emotions run high. It was a derby game. It’s spirited enough.
“I viewed the incident as unsavoury, and when you see something happen to your mate, that’s how I sometimes react.
“I don’t think much needs to be made of it, personally.”
Woods and Graham had no issues afterwards and have remained tight friends for several years, with Woods often referring to him to as a ”legend”.
The NRL match review committee launched a crackdown on late hits to players but were more than satisfied Woods had done nothing wrong on this occasion. The matter was reviewed but mainly to see if there were any punches thrown, which wasn’t the case.
Graham’s outburst will no doubt be welcomed by the Dragons faithful, who will be hoping their side are not embarrassed by the Roosters on Saturday night.
“They are almost the finished article, aren’t they,” Graham said.
“They’re a top-quality team and they play well as a team. It will be a tough ask for us, but sometimes when you play against best, they bring out the best in you.”
The Dragons were rocked by the standing down of Jack de Belin before the season kicked off, and will now have much of next year’s pre-season overshadowed by de Belin’s rape trial, which will commence in early March.
Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.