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Set of Six: Inglis scores try to treasure for generations to come

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Steve Mascord

SET OF SIX

Best ever? Greg Inglis' try against the Broncos smacked of individual brilliance.

Best ever? Greg Inglis' try against the Broncos smacked of individual brilliance. Photo: Getty Images

1. Best try on (digital) record

Early indications are that we have to go back to before film and video to find a better individual try than Greg Inglis’ on Friday. Even this year, Brett Morris touched down from his own side of the tryline – but the number of players beaten and amount of contact wasn’t comparable. We have looked at efforts by Eric Grothe (1983), Martin Offiah (1994), Paul Sterling (1997) and others. Grothe’s came closest – he beat one less player. In 1954 Brian Bevan is reported to have outflanked most of the opposition by running from one side of the field and back again. Dally Messenger was fond of taking running jumps over defensive lines, in the days before they had learned to advance. But future generations will thankfully not have to rely on the likes of me to appreciate Inglis’ miracle.

2. Slammed Sam bends an elbow

Sam Burgess continues to show his commitment to South Sydney’s cause for the rest of the season, catching a 6am flight from Brisbane to Sydney on Saturday for surgery on an elbow injury. The operation was booked on a holiday weekend to maximise his recovery time before the Bunnies' next game, against Gold Coast on May 10. Burgess had right up until Glenn Stewart’s signing to change his mind about the switch to rugby union but remains committed to his decision. Captain John Sutton’s quadriceps injury before the win over the Broncos was more serious than admitted; he was in doubt right up to the warm-up.

3. Making a Bird of the rep season

Hostile crowds and controversial refereeing decisions make Gold Coast, NSW and Australia star Greg Bird a better player, says Titans coach John Cartwright. ‘‘I think he’s the form player in the comp at the moment,’’ Cartwright told Triple M after his side’s 22-6 win against Wests Tigers on Sunday. ‘‘The more the referees and crowds get involved, the better he plays.’’ Rival Michael Potter said Gold Coast players laughed at his men after a dive prevented a Tim Simona try on another obstruction ruling. Penrith’s Ivan Cleary says it’s time for match officials to start ruling on players taking dives in such situations.

4. Remember 64-10

As usual at this time of year, we are all forgetting why the mid-season Test is before Origin. Remember Australia 64 Great Britain 10 in 2002? The Test is this Friday to save the rest of the world from being flogged by Origin-hardened Australians. If sports are there to do more than make a profit then it must be to maximise participants' and spectators' enjoyment. That won’t happen for rugby league without international competition. We would be happy to see every country BUT Australia go around this weekend – but that would not give Channel Nine anything to show. Unless, of course, an Origin game was on the Wednesday before. The rep weekend needs to be co-ordinated with a pause to club football everywhere, as FIFA does. Having Samoa-Fiji attract the interest of Australian TV is the first small step in that direction.

5. Time's makin’ changes

The shemozzle on April 14 at AAMI Park led to big changes surrounding full-time and half-time sirens. Time keepers wear the communication vest that referees and touch judges have so they can deliver the countdown to the on-field officials. The problem with the fellow who pushes the button also doing his Houston Mission Control impersonation is that when he is talking to the refs, he is not pushing the button. This led to confusion last Monday that Penrith claimed cost them a field goal on half time against Gold Coast. A memo went around last week instructing time keepers not to say “zero” to the referees. It’s “five, four, three, two, one” and hit that button.

6. A Lion in the sand

AS usual, there will be an International Federation meeting in conjunction with the Anzac Test. There is a major showdown bubbling under the surface this week: the proposed 2015 Great Britain Lions tour. GB have not played since 2007 and their return is eagerly anticipated in the north of England. But Australia has shown precious little interest so far in hosting them next year. The lack of interest in a tradition that started with James Lomas’s 1910 team is seen as an example of antipodean insularity. France will be touring New Zealand at the same time.

10 comments so far

  • Soccer has international friendlies and no one complains about that. In fact you get big crowds to Socceroo's friendlies. Rugby Union have plenty of 1 off friendlies eg ever heard of the Wallaby Euro spring tour 1-off tests vs France/Italy, and no one complains and says it's a waste of time being a 1 off game.
    They do for one day international cricket endless meaningless matches. But why does rugby league get so much flack when we have a 1-off test, but,rugby union soccer doesn't. I don't get it. Last year the Samoa V Tonga game at Penrith was awesome. This year the Fiji V Samoa Test, have something meaningful to play for. A 4-Nations spot. This weekend may tell if Sydney can fill 30,000 for a test. Canberra,Gold Coast,Townsville,loved it. Newcastle got a good crowd in 2011. Gosford would get a good crowd. I wouldn't mind seeing Woollongong host some test-footy. Coz if lazy Sydneysiders who seem ungrateful being given events rarely turn up to anything,and don't show up to a test-match this weekend send it to places that do. Fiji V Samoa will be well supported by the Fijian-Samoan communities at Penrith this weekend. Imagine if Fiji V Samoa at Penrith out west, gets a bigger crowd than Australia V NZ at Allianz. Be a laugh and a half.
    Australia V GB series would be awesome, and if lazy Sydneysiders don't show up this weekend, punish them and don't give them an Ashes test if GB tour next year. Play it at Suncorp,Canberra, and Melbourne.

    Commenter
    Mick
    Location
    Of Gosford
    Date and time
    April 28, 2014, 2:41AM
    • The entire rep program needs a shake-up with the next television deal. At the very least the rep weekend should move to coincide with the third State or Origin match, dropping the mid year Test and playing the City v Country without State of Origin players. This would allow the Kiwis to either play their own Origin match or a Test against the strongest Pacific nation. Play England vs Exiles the same weekend.

      But really the shake-up needs to go much further than that. As the Origin series progresses the impact on the Premiership gets more pronounced. The gap between Origin games needs to drop to two weeks and the club competition needs to stop competiting with the backend of the Origin series. Play the Origin games on Monday nights and re-introduce a knockout tournament played exclusively in country areas and from which rep players are exempt.

      On the weekend before the first Origin game, play a full premiership round including all rep players. On the weekend of Origin 1, play eight knockout games in the Country Cup without Origin players. On the weekend between the first and second Origin games, play a full premiership round including all rep players. On the weekend of Origin 2 play the four Country Cup quarter finals without Origin players.

      On the weekend between the second and third Origin games, play the two Country Cup semi finals without rep players, a New Zealand Origin game and the U-20s Origin. This is effectively the bye weekend for Australian rep players. And finally, on the weekend of Origin 3, the internationally designated "rep weekend", play the Country Cup final, a second New Zealand Origin game, City v Country, matches involving PNG, Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Islands, England v Exiles, France v Wales etc.

      Leigh.

      Commenter
      Quidgbo
      Location
      Dallas, TX
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 6:52AM
      • I think this has legs - I've been carrying on about the idea of bringing back the Cup knockout comp in the Origin period for years as a means of minimising disruption to the Premiership without depriving fans of club football every other week. Certainly preferable to the Nines concept in February. Drop that, bring the comp ahead a week and play a cup comp with non-rep players in the rep season to keep the gates rolling. Gotta be worth a look. And the compressed format you propose should mean the season is not overly lengthened as you're dispensing with the need to give every side two byes anyway.
        Stil, what I'd also look at doing would be constructing your draw so that all teams play each other once in Rounds 1-15, at which time you divide the comp into two sections - those sitting in an even position on the ladder (2,4,6,8 etc) and the odds (1,3,5,7,9 etc). Then the 8 teams in each section play each other once - should result in a fairly evenly balanced comp where you can't end up playing too many top sides twice while somone else is drawing lower sides twice. And you end up with 22 rounds rather than 24 too, so a slightly shorter season to better accommodate the rep season and Country Cup without finding yourself playing games in the heat of mid-February.

        Commenter
        GLAT
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        April 28, 2014, 2:22PM
    • Kangaroo and Lion tours are dead. They effectively died the year Super League moved to a summer season in the northern hemisphere. That change made it unfeasible to include any significant club element in any tour because the clubs have ended their season. Besides which the move to full time professionalism with big money riding on the health of star players, made it undesirable to have our stars playing any more matches than they absolutely have to. Traditional tours are dead. Remember them fondly and make the best use of the situation we now have.

      The big three need to be playing each other every year. That is the core of the international game and what generates the interest and the money that funds the rest. Australia, New Zealand and England need to play each other every year in a single tournament with either one or even two guests (I actually think France should be fast tracked as an annual participant with an additional rotating northern or southern hemisphere qualifier in a Five Nations). If a warm-up game is necessary, play those against non qualifying minor nations. Then every fourth or fifth year, invite the rest of the world and call it a World Cup.

      Leigh.

      Commenter
      Quidgbo
      Location
      Dallas, TX
      Date and time
      April 28, 2014, 7:10AM
      • Greg Bird is the best exponent of the "swan dive". Any time there's even the slightest brush, off the ball, he hits the deck like a shot duck, arms waving all over the place.
        It's time we had the same rule as soccer - if you take a dive, you get a yellow card (10 minutes in the bin).

        Commenter
        Phil J.
        Location
        Seaforth
        Date and time
        April 28, 2014, 7:50AM
        • I think Wade Graham is pretty good at it as well (and I am Sharks fan)

          Commenter
          Chris
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          April 28, 2014, 11:48AM
      • Terry Fahey leaving 5 or 6 strewn on the field as he placed the ball down. saw that 100 times. best ever

        Commenter
        Peter Warrington
        Location
        marrickville
        Date and time
        April 28, 2014, 8:28AM
        • GI is without doubt the best player I have ever seen. I'm sure David Peachey, who was up there with GI for entertainment value, scored a similar type try near the end of his career.

          Commenter
          Soot
          Location
          Sydney
          Date and time
          April 28, 2014, 10:03AM
          • Re GI try

            What about Hayne's try in 2009 against the Dragons? Starting from own in-goal, he beat a lot a players to score an individual try. I'm sure there is a youtube clip on it as well, so its all digitally recorded.

            Commenter
            BA
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            April 28, 2014, 11:21AM
            • I saw Phil Blake score one for Manly V Canterbury in 1983 with TWO kick and chases in the one movement. Apparently, Coach Fulton reminded him later he had an unmarked Kerry Boustead outside him before the second kick and chase. Individually outstanding try.

              The Grothe one was also fantastic. Unfortunately the Dogs defenders kept getting in Steve Mortimer's way as he attempted the cover tackle.

              The Inglis one would be the best in 30 years, although Brett Mullins scored one (I think against Norths in 1994) which was also pretty brilliant.

              Commenter
              Matt G
              Location
              Crookwell
              Date and time
              April 28, 2014, 7:41PM

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