IRATE Roosters star Amos Roberts last night accused Raiders bad-boy Neville Costigan of headbutting him while they were shaking hands after the game.
In a bitter aftermath to Monday night football, Roberts called it a "dog act" and demanded the NRL investigate the incident.
"He thinks he is a hardman and walked in between me and another player and headbutted me on the forehead," Roberts said.
"It was a dog act ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â‚Â¬Ã¢Â€Âœ he just walked up and did it like a dog."
The post-game incident was not broadcast by Fox Sports but footage obtained by The Daily Telegraph yesterday shows Costigan confronting Roberts after fulltime at Canberra Stadium. The Raiders last night refused to comment on the skirmish, while the Roosters said they would leave the matter with the NRL.
The NRL match review committee will today review the footage and has the power to charge Costigan even if the Roosters do not make a complaint.
Roberts said he and Costigan became
involved in slanging match when Canberra captain Alan Tongue slotted a field goal in the dying minutes of the match.
Roberts claims the Raiders hitman asked him where his dinner suit was, in reference to an article published in The Sunday Telegraph at the weekend, which inferred the Roosters were a bunch of party boys.
"I came in to close a play down at the end of the match," Roberts said.
"And being the big loud mouth (Costigan) is, he started going on at me about a dinner suit.
"I told him he played like a seven-year-old, running on the edges. A bit of talk went on but he was the one doing all the trash talking.
"He just kept on going on about the dinner suit and other s..t."
As players shook hands at the conclusion of the match, Roberts claimed Costigan approached him and lashed out with a headbutt.
"We had a few more words," Roberts said. "Then he headbutted me on the forehead. It was a dog act but it didn't hurt, just a fairy tap, but I was far from impressed."Roberts said he may have retaliated but was blocked by a Raiders player.
"The big man just kept on walking," Roberts said.
"There was a guy in front of me. I wish he hadn't of walked in front. It will be a nice round two when we play them again."
Roberts said Costigan should be charged by the NRL judiciary and yesterday asked Roosters management to pursue the matter.
"I was filthy at it," the 27-year-old winger said. "I asked the officials at our club if they can get some footage of it. He should be charged."