St George's plan to 'test out' the fitness of Manly's Kiwi full-back Matthew Ridge has created a storm leading into tomorrow's grand final. The Dragons say they will put the pressure on both Ridge, who was heavily concussed in last week's win over Cronulla, and Manly skipper Geoff Toovey, who suffered a fractured eye socket. Manly coach Bob Fulton, concerned for the safety of his two stars, has demanded they receive extra protection from match referee David Manson. Referees' boss Michael Stone yesterday cautioned St George against using illegal tactics to test out the pair in the wake of Fulton's complaint. 'Bob Fulton approached me yesterday and expressed some worries over Saints' comments that they would test out their two players,' Stone said. 'I assured him that the rules still stand and that both I and the referee will take a dim view of players 'testing out' head or facial injuries. 'This may be a grand final, but it is still a game of football. 'As I see it, the only way to test out a head injury is to whack a bloke in the head and that won't be tolerated. 'Last time I checked, that was against the rules and David will be very severe on any such tactics on Sunday.' Stone held a conference with Manson and his linesmen and in-goal judges yesterday. 'We just ran over a few things and hopefully we will get a fast, open game.' Fulton's appeal to Stone is the latest salvo in a war of words between the clubs this week in the lead-up to the big game. Dragons coach David Waite fired the first shots on Monday, claiming Manly used illegal tactics in defusing opposition bombs. Waite said he believed Manly defenders deliberately interfered with attacking players coming through attempting to take the ball.