Last night’s NRL grand final will be remembered for two reasons, South Sydney ending a 43-year premiership drought and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott getting booed by over 80,000 footy fans while standing mid-field at ANZ Stadium.
The public display of ‘affection’ came as sporting personality Ken Sutcliffe conducted the post-match ceremony. Introducing the ‘official party’ on hand to observe proceedings, Sutcliffe began by welcoming “The Prime Minister of Australia, the honourable Tony Abbott’.
The sold-out crowd, once divided between Rabbitohs and Bulldogs’ supporters, showed bipartisan support in voicing their disapproval of the Liberal leader. As ANZ Stadium rained down boos in unison, Abbott had little choice but to stand there and take it, offering a sheepish grin and awkward wave in response.
The NRL grand final saw the South Sydney Rabbitohs defeat the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30-6 to win their first premiership since 1971. You can see Abbott being submitted to a real-time opinion poll below.