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Greg Inglis untouchable as South Sydney Rabbitohs demolish Brisbane Broncos

Souths 42 Broncos 16

Unstoppable: Greg Inglis takes on the Broncos defence.

Unstoppable: Greg Inglis takes on the Broncos defence. Photo: Getty Images

Greg Inglis turned on an awesome display of power and skill to help assert South Sydney's position as premiership favourites with their fourth win in 17 days.

Just six days after Sam Burgess produced a performance against Manly that had many praising him as the best player in the NRL, Inglis scored three tries and laid on another one in the Rabbitohs 42-16 defeat of Brisbane that raised the question of how good Jarryd Hayne must be if players recently voted him better than the Souths superstar.

Tom Burgess gets the ball away in the tackle.

Tom Burgess gets the ball away in the tackle. Photo: Getty Images

Time
80.00
Team
SOU
Score
42
Team
BRI
Score
16
South Sydney versus Brisbane
View Match Statistics
Players Inglis(3), McQueen, Tuqiri, Keary, Auva'a Tries 7 Tries 3 Players Hodges, Thaiday, Reed
Players Reynolds 6/6 (100%), Lowe 1/1 (100%) Conversions 7 Conversions 2 Players Parker 2/3 (66%)
Players Penalty goals 0 Penalty goals 0 Players
Players Reynolds 0/1 (0%) Field goals 0 Field goals 0 Players

While Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has wanted to keep a lid on the public expectations of his side after falling one win short of the grand final the past two seasons, there is no doubt that this is the best chance for Souths to finally end their 43-year premiership drought if Inglis and Burgess can maintain their current form.

The only downside of the Rabbitohs win was the reporting of Queensland Origin second-rowers Chris McQueen and Ben Te'o for illegal wrestling manoeuvres.

McQueen was placed on report for a crusher tackle on Josh McGuire, while Te'o faces his second suspension within three weeks after being reported for a chicken-wing tackle on Sam Thaiday that was similar to the one which cost George Burgess a two match ban from last Friday's match against Manly.

Good times: Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess enjoy the moment.

Good times: Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess enjoy the moment. Photo: Getty Images

With a differential of +231, Souths remain on track to claim their first minor premiership since 1989 if they win their remaining three matches against North Queensland, Canterbury and Sydney Roosters and the Sea Eagles lose any of their four games.

After playing the Raiders in Canberra, Newcastle in Cairns, Manly at the SCG and Brisbane at ANZ Stadium over a 17 day period, the Rabbitohs now have an eight day break before hosting the Cowboys next Saturday night.

The loss leaves the Broncos needing to win all three of their matches to have any chance of making the final eight but they got off to the best possible start on Thursday night when Inglis' long time Australian and Queensland centre partner Justin Hodges crossed in the fifth minute.

But from then on it was virtually all one way traffic as the Rabbitohs went on the rampage.

Inglis levelled the scores when he charged over from close range in the 15th minute and then put Souths ahead 10 minutes later by starting and finishing one of the most spectacular tries of the season in the 25th minute.

Racing onto an Adam Reynolds chip kick, Inglis turned on an awesome display of skill and power as he skittled Broncos fullback Josh Hoffman before passing to Sam Burgess and then racing around behind the Englishman to receive an offload and storm over near the goalposts.

So dominant was Inglis that even when Hoffman knocked down a pass from the Rabbitohs superstar, Souths still managed a try after centre Dylan Walker picked up the loose ball and ran at the line before laying it back in a tackle for Chris McQueen to dive over and score in the 31st minute.

With the defence focused on Inglis and Burgess, there was space out wide and Walker took advantage when he raced 60 metres from the kick-off before being rounded up - only for winger Lote Tuqiri to score in the 34rd minute after Daniel Vidot failed to take another Reynolds kick.

The Broncos never stopped trying and Inglis was required to come up with a try-saving tackle on Jack Reed in the second half, before Test forward Sam Thaiday finally got Brisbane's second try in the 50th minute.

However, it was all the visitors could muster and Inglis finished with as many tries as Brisbane after calmly and simply plucking a Reynolds kick from the air and strolling over to score virtually untouched in the 63rd minute.

He did the same thing eight minutes later but this time handed the ball off for rookie five-eighth Luke Keary to score under the posts.

9 comments so far

  • Vidot needs work. He's a big unit with T-Rex hands and in today's game you need to be a total package. Maranta is a good player but very undersized and he was exposed a few times last night as were a few of the Broncos. Jack Reed's form has probably been the worst now than it has ever been. I've never known a guy to have so many brain expolsions in the decision making department. There were times when he should have passed to Vidot but it was clear the chemistry between these two guys was lacking. As for the Broncos forwards, I thought they did a good job containing the Rabbitohs pack for large amounts of last nights game. It was difficult to keep pace with Inglis as he was at his superstar best. I suspect Bennett is going to cut a lot of Griffin's signings come 2015.

    Commenter
    Gonzo
    Location
    Brisbane
    Date and time
    August 15, 2014, 7:14AM
    • Agree. Vidot has size but last night ran like T-Rex, sorry strolled like him. Someone needs to teach him how to run onto a ball and use swerve to beat the defense, his dancing on the spot just doesn't do it. My biggest disappointment was Gillett in the last play, the ease with how Luke strolled past him, just because he couldn't be bothered to run indicated he is not a happy chappy at the Broncos. Last seconds play, D line set, even a minor effort would have shut it down, he just didn't seem to care. With heart being the difference these days, his potential to be one of the best just flew out the window in 1 play, IMO.

      Commenter
      John B
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 1:02PM
  • GI was almost unstoppable last night, and was a clear Man of the Match. However, I was very impressed with the energy and workload of Luke Keary. It's hard to believe he has only played a handful of first grade games. You would think that opponents would target him, given his size and inexperience, but his tackle count would be as high many forwards, and he doesn't miss many. Things are looking good for the future of Souths with young players like Reynolds, Turner, Keary, Walker, Johnson and A'vai playing great football.

    Commenter
    Baz Zinga
    Date and time
    August 15, 2014, 7:50AM
    • Inglis is way better than haynes. Goes without saying anymore

      Commenter
      michaelm
      Date and time
      August 15, 2014, 9:03AM
      • Beautiful off load by Tom Burgess, pity it went to Thaiday with no South's players expecting it. There should always be at least one man backing up the ball carrier.?

        Commenter
        Mike judd
        Location
        Pittwater
        Date and time
        August 15, 2014, 9:22AM
        • Souths awesome not a south's fan but they should go all the way this year.

          Commenter
          roger
          Date and time
          August 15, 2014, 12:02PM
          • The so-called CRUSHER tackle needs to be looked at. When a player ducks his head, what the heck is the tackler supposed to do.

            Honestly, Kevin (shayne) Haynes is one of the worst referees, why did he need to refer GI's third try to check a put-down, PLEASE..... someone send him to OPSM, or better yet RETIRE

            Commenter
            Chrissie
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            August 15, 2014, 1:04PM
            • If the Broncos truly breached the salary cap, makes you wonder how the wheels have fallen off for this club that couldn't even make the top 8 by cheating. I suppose they are no longer chasing DCE since the investigation started but being a one team city, the NRL has no jurisdiction in QLD especially when the NRL chairman is QLDer.

              Commenter
              Maroon world
              Date and time
              August 15, 2014, 4:43PM
              • JohnB. +1 on your assessment of Gillett. I'm not sure if he's carrying injury or just not motivated post-Origin and Griffin sacking. Whatever the case, he's a starter so he needs to start playing like one. I'm not sure about your thoughts but Vidot needs to make the shift to the forwards. He can't defuse bombs, he can't catch quick passes and he isn't quick enough to get around guys so he either needs to improve in one if not all of those areas or he will quickly find himself at a fourth club in as many years.

                Commenter
                Gonzo
                Location
                Brisbane
                Date and time
                August 15, 2014, 8:27PM

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