Olympian-turned-Shark dazzles on NRL debut

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Lachlan Miller was already an Olympian and has present shown disconnected his ultimate quality arsenic a sportsman connected the NRL stage, firing arsenic the Sharks crushed retired a 25-18 implicit the Titans connected the Gold Coast connected Sunday.

The Tokyo Games rugby sevens speedster turned retired for his NRL debut and, playing astatine fullback, racked up 201 tally metres, 10 tackle busts and a long-range try.

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Olympian Lachlan Miller shone connected his NRL debut arsenic the Sharks toppled the Titans connected the Gold Coast, adjacent snaring a long-range try. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

"It was good. Geez, it was quick," Miller said of the crippled successful a Nine interview.

"My household was up determination (in the crowd). Couldn't inquire for a amended effect successful the end, and to people a effort was beauteous special."

The 27-year-old's crowning infinitesimal arrived erstwhile helium pounced connected a Jayden Campbell footwear successful the 54th minute.

After the Gold Coast livewire enactment up a precocious shot that deed the deck, Miller cleaned it up astir 65 metres out, pierced a gaping Titans defence and streaked distant to score.

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"I got the shot and cramped instantly, my calves, and I conscionable thought, 'I person to effort to get there'," Miller said with a laugh.

Miller filled successful for suspended fullback Will Kennedy, who was serving a two-game prohibition for a coathanger tackle connected Warriors youngster Reece Walsh successful circular nine.

Sharks manager Craig Fitzgibbon mightiness person a situation connected his hands arsenic helium tries to acceptable some Kennedy and Williams into his broadside for the Sharks' adjacent game, against the Roosters connected Saturday.

Nicho Hynes was shifted from halfback to fullback for Magic Round, earlier Fitzgibbon returned Hynes to the No.7 jumper and handed Miller his NRL debut.

Miller said rugby league, not rugby sevens, was his archetypal love.

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"I grew up successful the frontyard playing rugby league and I joined successful the under-10s," helium said.

"It was ever a imagination of excavation to play NRL. Obviously it conscionable wasn't the (right) time. I was a spot younger and a spot smaller, it was beauteous hard.

"I recovered rugby sevens, which was truly good. It was a bully stepping chromatic for me. It was fast, it was truly good.

"And past to get the accidental from Fitzy and (Sharks wide manager of football) Darren Mooney – I conscionable jumped astatine it.

"To beryllium honest, it's been the champion 8 months of my life, and to get this debut has been truly special."

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