FULLTIME Ben Barba is man of the match as the Indigenous All Stars pummel the NRL All Stars to the tune of 32-6. Barba scored three tries, Robinson scored three tries, while Hayne was the lone scorer for the NRL team.
Barba has some ice on the hamstring but we hear it's very minor. That aside, all of the players looked to come through unscathed so good news for all of your respective clubs.
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Hold on... Mason on Thurston and the Cowboys hero is in a bit of strife. He's coming off but looks fine. Cowboys fans, breathe, breathe, breathe. Reece Robinson just scored his third TRY while all that was happening. Cop that Barba. It's 32-6. Quite the hiding in the end.
Crowd is a tick over 41,000, which is a great result obviously. Not sure where this match will be held next year but would like to see it go out to one of the regions perhaps, or maybe they could sell it to Melbourne, which seems to be the done thing with the NRL these days. Less than five minutes to go now.
The wave is happening = the crowd is bored. It's 28-6.
This one is all over. Reece Robinson gets his second try and the Indigenous All Stars are well in command with a 26-6 leead. I can remember when the most interesting thing about Reece Robinson was that he was related to Anthony Mundine. He's become a handy player for the Raiders. Prince from the sideline... count it. That's 28-6.
That will do! It's not quite a stink but Willie Mason and Andrew Fifita certainly gave each other a stern talking to after that tackle. And boy did they look a bit grumpy. Out comes the STINK icon for the first time this season.Back to top
Only 15 minutes now for the NRL All Stars to make a move and they remain pinned down their own end. They haven't looked anywhere near as fluent as the Indigenous side tonight, who have been piloted superbly by Prince and Thurston with Barba icing the cakes.
We need way, way more flick passes in this quarter. Just the one for the match. I think we see that sort of quota in your average NRL match (excluding St George Illawarra). It's 22-6 to the Indigenous side.
TV viewers - has this game been a bit dull or has my brain been fried by covering the madness that was the Sonny Bill Williams fight until about 2am last night? The final quarter has started. The NRL side trails 22-6.
Who would be the fastest man in league these days? On the evidence of that intercept, I think we can safely scratch Benji Marshall.
Cameron Smith tries the little chip-and-chase near the line. To be fair, razzle-dazzle isn't really his 'thing' and it ends in tears. That's the end of the third quarter. The Indigenous All Stars lead 22-6 and Ben Barba is stuck on three tries. A disappointing night for him, I think we all agree.Back to top
The score remains 22-6, for our readers on mobile. There's two minutes left in the third quarter. It's being played in quarters because of the heat I've been told, although it hasn't been very hot by Brisbane standards. Come on lads.
Just going back to the Fastest Man in League, to make it a fair contest Oudenryn should have raced in his shoulder pads. Boy he got off the line quickly. What a player he was. Back at Suncorp, the Indigenous side wins a penalty a few metres out and could score again.
But Benji gets the intercept! And almost the entire Indigenous team catch him after about 40m. Man, back in 2005.....
The injury update tonight is there are no injuries, thus far. And that's good news for all of the fans. I'm still wondering how this concept deals with a serious injury to one of the superstar players but we'll cross that bridge if we come to it, which is hopefully never. It's 22-6, Indigenous All Stars marching again.
Thurston missed that kick, btw. It hit the post. Score remains 22-6.
And here's the famous 1992 race. I tend to think Offiah had his run impeded and could have lodged a protest.
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Another TRY to the Indigenous All Stars, this time to Reece Robinson. Again, it was the the Thurston kick and the NRL side failed to tidy up. Robinson just scooted over in the corner. This scoreline is getting nasty - it's 22-6 with a kick on the way.
Scott Prince has been good for the Indigenous All Stars tonight. I think the Broncos will be a much better side with him in the seven this season. Penalty now for the NRL All Stars. The game hasn't reached any great levels yet. We need the fastest man in league back. Who remembers Lee Oudenryn v Martin Offiah?
We're back for the second half as the NRL All Stars try to claw back this 18-6 deficit. They haven't looked very likely thus far and will need to catch fire in a hurry to get back in the game.
HALFTIME Ben Barba just ridiculous here with three tries to give the Indigenous All Stars an 18-6 lead over the NRL All Stars. I'm ducking backstage for a quick salad, see you on the other side.
But apparently you can shoulder charge blokes after they have passed the ball. May need a tweak that rule. The NRL side turns it over and the Indigenous team has 20 seconds to play with before the break.Back to top