Inglis fires Bunnies to tough win over Eels
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.