'Sick to my stomach': Backlash over viral Scott Morrison moment

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Parramatta Eels' sport scientist Tahleya Eggers (pictured right) crosses her arms as Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) speaks to the players.
Parramatta Eels' sport scientist Tahleya Eggers (pictured right) looks unimpressed as Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured left) speaks to the players. (Image: Twitter)

A photo of a Parramatta Eels staff member looking unimpressed at Scott Morrison as the Australian Prime Minister visited the change rooms after an NRL game has gone viral.

Prime Minister Morrison has copped some severe backlash over the last week after he was forced to defend the government's handling of Brittany Higgins' rape allegation and the historic rape allegation against Christian Porter in a bombshell A Current Affair interview.

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He also copped criticism for not attending the Women's March for Justice last week, despite appearing at the opening game of the AFL season.

But on Saturday night, Morrison watched his beloved Sharks get routed by a strong Eels outfit.

After the game, Morrison visited the change rooms to greet and share a beer with the Eels players.

Twitter account LadiesWhoLeague expressed disappointment at seeing Morrison at the NRL, but not at the march earlier in the week.

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But an eagle-eyed viewer spotted Eels Sports Scientist Tahleya Eggers in the background of a photo with Morrison.

Morrison is shaking hands with the players, but Eggers stands their cross-armed and thoroughly unimpressed.

The photo started making the rounds in the NRL community on social media and Eggers later caught wind of the photo and explained her reaction.

"Proud to claim this one!" she wrote on Twitter.

"I will not respect a man who has the time to shake hands of men who have won a football match but is “too busy” to attend the March for Justice."

Eggers was praised for her strong stance on the issue.

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Morrison cops backlash for AFL appearance

The prime minister was in attendance for the season-opening clash between Richmond and Carlton at the MCG, spotted enjoying a beer with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

And while completely harmless at first glance, scores of Aussies were left furious by Morrison's trip down to Melbourne.

Many were left questioning how the PM could attend the footy yet didn't meet with 'March 4 Justice' protestors through the week.

Thousands of women gathered in major cities across Australia last Monday to take part in rallies calling for gender equality and justice for victims of sexual assault.

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