Security guard cops savage body blow as Roosters star Billy Smith celebrates crucial try in commanding win over Rabbitohs ahead of NRL finals
- Billy Smith was fired up after crucial try against Rabbitohs
- Security guard was in the firing line at Accor Stadium on Friday
- South Sydney fans called out the Roosters centre on social media
Roosters star Billy Smith has been painted as a thug by fired up Rabbitohs supporters online following his animated post try celebration involving a security guard on Friday night.
Smith, 23, found the stripe in the 69th minute to seal a win against his team’s bitter rivals – and was in the mood to celebrate.
The elated centre looked to throw the Steeden towards the crowd at Accor Stadium following his impressive solo effort – but instead hurled the ball directly into the chest of the security guard, who looked visibly angry.
It is unknown if the Tricolours young gun reached out to say sorry either on the field or post game – and South Sydney supporters were quick to condemn what unfolded.
‘How do you do that and not apologise,’ one fan asked.
Roosters star Billy Smith (pictured) has been painted as a thug by Rabbitohs supporters online following his animated post try celebration on Friday involving a security guard
Smith’s dazzling try late in the second half sealed an impressive win – and ended South Sydney’s finals hopes
Another stated: ‘Roosters players don’t do humility.’
A third said: ‘Roosters are grubs.’
On the field, Trent Robinson’s men continued their purple patch of form leading into the finals.
While a spot in the top eight is not yet guaranteed with the Cowboys and Raiders still to play this weekend, it was an impressive victory given key figures Daniel Tupou and Joey Manu were injured and prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was suspended.
‘We play a lot of golf and cricket in this country and the more you want to hit it straight, the tighter you hold the grip,’ Robinson said in the press conference.
‘That doesn’t always work. I feel like we just had to loosen the grip a bit and swing a bit freer.
‘We always felt our season wasn’t done, despite the post mortems already written about us.’