A sullen eeriness was successful the aerial arsenic Sydney's 9 NRL clubs, arsenic good arsenic Canberra, Newcastle and the Warriors, boarded flights bound for Queensland today.
But amid the NRL's bonzer ploy to support the contention live during Sydney's disastrous COVID-19 situation, Rabbitohs speedster Alex Johnston recovered clip for immoderate hilarious antics.
"You're my baby; of people I was going to instrumentality you," Johnston said successful a TikTok video portion pretending to look into a cradle.
But erstwhile the camera gave his followers a look astatine what an adoring Johnston was really staring down at, they saw his PlayStation acceptable sitting smug successful his bag.
While the AFL past twelvemonth and this twelvemonth person had to enforce wide relocations of clubs into interstate hubs, this is the archetypal clip the NRL has had to instrumentality the drastic measure.
The Warriors person made the top sacrifices of the batch during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Zealand nine had been based connected the Central Coast for much than a twelvemonth and are present being made to settee successful south-east Queensland.
As Warriors winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak acceptable disconnected north, helium near down his large wife, who's owed to springiness commencement connected Sunday.
"People retired determination person got to recognize that these are the benignant of sacrifices radical are making," said Warriors teammate Chad Townsend connected Nine News.
Manly hooker Lachlan Croker gave an penetration into the mindsets of the players.
"It's crazy," Croker said.
"We evidently don't cognize what we're stepping into, don't cognize what's going to hap and however agelong we're going to beryllium determination for."
Manly manager Des Hasler added: "It's been a immense effort but 1 that, for the game, is simply a existent achievement."
All 12 relocated clubs are present based successful hubs crossed Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
ARLC president Peter V'landys says they'll beryllium successful those hubs for astatine slightest 4 weeks.
The archetypal 2 games of Round 18 - Titans-Eels and Sea Eagles-Dragons - volition beryllium held astatine Cbus Super Stadium connected the Gold Coast.
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