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A McEnnis?: Sharks hooker Michael Ennis during a promotion at Cronulla Mall this week. Picture: John VeageIf Michael Ennis was a hamburger, what kind of hamburger would he be?
Nanjing Night Net

I guess you’d say small. And not to everyone’s taste. But if you sold it at your shop, you’d love it.

Poor hamburger analogies aside, the Cronulla hooker has been on the end of a fair bit of bad press over the last week.

It all started when Ennis, after helping the Sharks to one of the gutsiest victories in the club’shistory over Canberra in the qualifying final, was accused of mocking the Raiders’ fans viking clapon the field after full-time.

Firstly, a little context.

The Leader was fortunate enough to head south on Saturday to cover the clash at GIO Stadium. About 20kms out of Canberra on the Federal Highway was a bright green banner attached to an overhead bridge.

The target audience was clearly the Sharks fans heading to town from the shire for the game.

It read: “Raiders ‘89, ‘90, ‘94. Sharks HAHAHAHA.”

Another few k’s down the road was another banner. This one was more straight forward and to the point.

“Cronulla SUX.”

On arriving in Canberra it was obvious it was going to be one of those semi-finals to remember.

We knew it was going to be a sellout crowd, but by kick-off there were more than 25,000 fans packed into the ground. The locals and the two bays of travelling Sharks fanshad created one of the most hostile and intimidating atmospheres I can remember at the footy.

It was great.

As part of thatatmosphere, the Sharks players were made to wait on the ground for well over a minute as the Raiders fans produced their viking clap. Of course, when I say ‘their’, I mean the viking clap they shamelessly stole from Icelandic football fans who brought it to global attention at the European Championships earlier this year. And the idea of it was to intimidate and unsettle the Cronulla players.

Then there was the game itself. It was a breathtaking finals match. It had a bit of everything. A couple of great tries, a little bit of controversy, injuries and a grandstand finish.

Ennis said in the presser after the game that earlier in the day on the team’s walk they were heckled on the streetby Canberra fans.

The Sharkies fans singing loud and proud through the Raiders’ viking clap. pic.twitter南京夜网/PSMNIYOXgT

— Andrew Parkinson (@andy_parko) September 16, 2016This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

 

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