GREG SHRUGS OFF ORIGIN ACHES
BAD news, Gold Coast – South Sydney superstar Greg Inglis has been cleared to back up from State of Origin I and is expected to run out for the Rabbitohs against the Titans this afternoon.
Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire said Inglis looked sharp at training yesterday, and was a certainty to take on the Titans in their Round 12 clash on the Gold Coast.
Maguire resisted the temptation to rest Inglis, who battled tonsillitis in the lead-up to Wednesday night’s Origin opener, and expects to run his team at full strength against the Titans as the premiers struggle to find their rhythm.
“He trained really well this morning so it’s a good sign,” Maguire said.
“He had a lot of energy about what he did so we’re looking forward to having him back at fullback.”
Inglis was well contained in Queensland’s 11-10 win over NSW at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night, leading some to question whether he had fully recovered from his illness or was struggling with an ongoing knee injury.
He ran for 121m, but failed to make a line break or have much of an impact on Queensland’s usually lethal left edge with Darius Boyd.
While Inglis has not had his usual impact in attack this season, Maguire played down suggestions he was struggling with a bad knee.
“You are hard markers, everyone expects him to run 100m and score a try,” Maguire said.
“But Greg does a lot for whatever team he’s playing in. And for us, the amount of work he does at fullback is quite incredible.
“A lot of people don’t understand how much is going on when you are standing behind the line and adjusting the defence and doing a lot of talk. “He brings a lot and on Wednesday night he did his job and played his part for the team and they got the win.”