Inglis fires Bun­nies to tough win over Eels

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

GREG Inglis fi­nally ex­ploded into ac­tion for South Syd­ney last night, ter­ror­is­ing the Par­ra­matta de­fence as the Rab­bitohs notched a 32-18 win, their first of the NRL sea­son.

Inglis scored one try and had a ma­jor hand in two oth­ers as Souths toyed with the in­ex­pe­ri­enced Eels right-side de­fence in a re­liev­ing five-triesto-three vic­tory in front of 22,153 fans.

Rab­bitohs fans can start be­liev­ing again af­ter Inglis fi­nally showed the class that made him the world’s best player in 2009 af­ter two per­for­mances that proved he was still on the come­back trail from off-sea­son surgery.

He bril­liantly cre­ated a try for Rhys Wesser in the ninth minute be­fore he was on hand to re­ceive a freak­ish ball from the Souths full­back, step past the de­fence and send Fe­tuli Talanoa over in the 21st minute.

Inglis got his own four-pointer in the 51st minute as right-hand man Dave Tay­lor showed he was also re­turn­ing to top form with a bul­lock­ing run and on­earmed off­load. Inglis con­ceded he was fired up af­ter be­ing out­played by Can­ter­bury star Ja­mal Idris last week. ‘‘ I def­i­nitely was,’’ Inglis said. ‘‘ I don’t know what they’ve been say­ing.

‘‘ But it goes to show I don’t lis­ten to any­one, I just lis­ten to Langy ( coach John Lang) and the boys around me.

‘‘ There’s no doubt about my fit­ness, it’s a bit un­der­done but I’m still work­ing hard and still get­ting on the way.’’

Souths cap­tain Roy Aso­tasi had sensed a big game from Inglis.

‘‘ I know for sure through­out the week GI was dis­ap­pointed and I know Rhyssy ( Wesser) was,’’ Aso­tasi said.

The Rab­bitohs played most of the match with­out clever hooker Issac Luke, who was heav­ily con­cussed af­ter get­ting his head into an awk­ward po­si­tion at­tempt­ing to tackle Eels wreck­ing ball Fui­fui Moimoi in the 34th minute.

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