Cronulla supporters were still processing a 40-14 defeat against the Melbourne Storm when they witnessed Will Chambers in an odd position.
Cronulla supporters were still processing a 40-14 defeat against the Melbourne Storm when they witnessed Will Chambers in an odd position.

Controversial photo riles NRL fans

Sharks fans have questioned Will Chambers' decision to pose for a happy snap with his old Melbourne Storm teammates after Cronulla was pumped 40-14 on Friday night.

After an individual performance interim Sharks coach Josh Hannay described as "hot and cold", Chambers was photographed standing arm-in-arm with players from the club he helped win two premierships.

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The 32-year-old made his Cronulla debut in the familiar surrounds of AAMI Park in Melbourne but Sharks supporters were left wondering where his allegiances lied after this post-game picture was shared on social media by the NRL.

"I hate this," wrote one fan. "The way he played u would think he had a purple jersey on," added another.

"Ooft," replied a third fan. "Tough to see that after getting belted."

Chambers said pre-game the combination of his NRL return coming against his ex-club made the game "nerve-racking as hell".

And it seemed nerves got the better of him as he finished with a mixed bag performance.

Chambers had the tough task of lining up opposite brutal defender Justin Olam and the game's fastest man, Josh Addo-Carr.

That's enough to make any player a little shaky - even a 215-game veteran.

He ran out to a standing ovation from the Storm faithful paying their respect to the two-time premiership-winning centre.

 

Chambers made a good start to the clash. He pressured Melbourne halfback Jahrome Hughes in the opening set and the usually composed No. 7 kicked a bomb out over the sideline.

He also out-leapt several Sharks to secure the ball off a chip kick and save a try.

But the Origin and Kangaroos star had a few moments he'll want to leave in Melbourne. He turned the ball over in the Sharks' own half and also knocked on when Olam came in low to hit him right in the guts.

Chambers finished the night with 56 metres off seven runs, 10 tackles with three missed and two errors.

Hannay said Chambers would better for the run after a clunky performance.

"He had some good touches and worked hard but he himself is his harshest critic," Hannay said. "He just spoke up then about how he had some moments in the game that he'd like back, just a couple of errors."

- with foxsports.com.au

 

Originally published as Controversial photo riles NRL fans



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