When quizzed on sledging in the NRL at Kayo’s launch of the 2019 NRL season, Gagai told news.com.au that Chambers takes the cake as having the most cutting tongue, even suggesting the Queensland Origin star prepares material for his opponents.
“Will Chambers (is the best sledger), I actually think he does homework and studies players on some little things about what he can say to them and how he can get under their skin,” he said.
“He loves a good sledge, he’d be the number one.”
Gagai recounted a matchup with Billy Slater when playing against the Storm, illustrating how Chambers didn’t even need words to humiliate his opponents.
“I know the type of person he (Chambers) is and how he loves sledging people and there was a time when I thought Billy Slater was going to put some footwork on me so I’ve planted my feet, waiting to see if he’s going left or right.
“And Slater’s run straight into me and sat me on my back.
“Something happened, the play stopped, and I just knew Will was coming up with something, so I looked over and he was just looking at me laughing.
“That’s the one that always sticks with me.”
Chambers and the Storm looked impressive in their round one victory over the Broncos on Thursday night, while Gagai’s Souths will face the Roosters to kick off their season on Friday.