Broncos player injured in Mad Monday altercation with teammate

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Brisbane Broncos players Thomas Flegler and Jordan Riki have apologised to one another after a Mad Monday joke gone wrong led to the latter needing stitches. Pictures: Getty Images
Brisbane Broncos players Thomas Flegler and Jordan Riki have apologised to one another after a Mad Monday joke gone wrong led to the latter needing stitches. Pictures: Getty Images

Brisbane Broncos players Thomas Flegler and Jordan Riki have reportedly had to clear the air with one another after some Mad Monday shenanigans gone wrong.

According to the Courier Mail, the pair were engaged in some innocent wrestling when things were taken a step too far.

CRUCIAL: NRL's huge backflip after Melbourne footy finals outrage

LAST DRINKS: The tough conversation Gus Gould needs to have

Flegler was reportedly left furious and Riki left 'bloodied' and requiring stitches, according to the newspaper.

The incident comes just days after the Broncos wrapped up what was a largely tumultuous first season under head coach Kevin Walters.

They finished a dour season on a high note however, with a 35-22 win over Newcastle a fitting farewell for club veteran Alex Glenn.

Speaking to the Courier Mail, Flegler said he had spoken to Riki since and the pair had patched things up once they'd had a chance to settle down.

“We were out last Wednesday night and got in a wrestle that went a little wrong and Jordan ended up with a cut on his face,” Fleger said.

“We went our separate ways that night and I gave him a call the next day to sort it out. It was silly and I apologised.

“We’ve agreed to keep our wrestling sessions to in-season from now on.”

The pair are believed to have faced a united front of Walters, club CEO Dave Donaghy and head of football Ben Ikin, all of whom were furious about their conduct.

Despite their club's frustration, neither player is expected to be sanctioned.

Riki said Flegler had reached out to him the next day and the incident was nothing to worry about.

“Tom reached out to me the next day and we spoke about what happened and we are absolutely sweet,” he said.

“I appreciated him being up front and getting in contact and we’re both now looking forward to a bit of a break.”

NRL clubs on notice over post-season celebrations after lockdown efforts

After a second season dominated by the effect the coronavirus pandemic took on the season, the NRL has made it clear to clubs the importance of staying out of trouble this off-season.

The league is particularly concerned that the goodwill shown by the Queensland state government in allowing teams to enter the state, despite heavy restrictions, could be for nought if it is undone by poor behaviour from players once competition is over.

NRL boss Andrew Abso said earlier this month that all clubs would be given an ultimatum to ensure behaviour after the season reflects the work that went into ensuring it could go ahead at all.

Despite a difficult first season in charge of the Broncos, head coach Kevin Walters is optimistic about what is to come for the club. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
Despite a difficult first season in charge of the Broncos, head coach Kevin Walters is optimistic about what is to come for the club. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

“There won’t be any memos sent but we will talk to the clubs,” Abdo said. 

“This is a different year and different season, we want to make sure we maintain our discipline all the way through, and we’ll have a discussion about how we do that, how we exit the season and make sure we have no issues that concern us.

“All the families are there with the clubs and it makes sense to have a dinner with the families and for us to not be in a position where we’re reading about any incidents that are occurring.”

Despite the inauspicious start to the offseason, Walters remained optimistic about the Broncos' future.

“Our goal next year is to win more games than we lose,” he said after the win over Newcastle.

“I believe we can, the ingredients are there and another good strong pre-season.

“We had five guys debut this year for the club. Selywn Cobbo, TC Robati, Kobe Hetherington – they all played some great footy for us today.”

Click here to sign up to our newsletter for all the latest and breaking stories from Australia and around the world.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting