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Rub of the green just fine for 'lucky' Inglis

QUEENSLAND centre Greg Inglis last night admitted it was "pure luck" that he scored the match-winning try in the Origin series opener last night.

Inglis was awarded the controversial try that took the Maroons to a 18-10 lead and out of reach of NSW. Video referee Sean Hampstead ruled that Robbie Farah kicked the ball out of Inglis's grasp and therefore the Queensland star had scored a try by forcing the loose ball. Inglis said he was far from certain that he had scored the try, which took his career tally to 13 – breaking the previous record held by Dale Shearer.

"Mate it was pretty pure luck. To be honest I didn't know the ruling on it and neither did the majority of the fans or the players out there . . . but he was playing at the ball. It just goes back to luck he was doing that," Inglis said.

"I knew that I had fumbled it. I just didn't know that the foot was under it to be honest, I had my fingers crossed that it went our way but in the end it could have went either way."

Queensland also benefited from a couple of other refereeing decisions including the sin-binning of Michael Jennings, during which time the Maroons scored their first try.

Queensland No.6 Johnathan Thurston admitted: "A couple of decisions there we got the rub of the green, but that's footy".

Sam Thaiday, who confirmed he had taken a "good little punch" from Mitchell Pearce during the scuffle that led to Jennings's sin-binning, said the Maroons would gladly accept the rulings.

"The refs have called them tries so they're tries, you can't argue with that," Thaiday said. "That's why they're out there and that's why the third umpire is there to go upstairs and check if it's a try or not. We just rolled with the rulings." "NSW started both halves really, really well. They came out of the gates a million miles an hour . . . we knew we were in for a big one."