Indigenous Side Runs Away with All Stars Victory
Saturday 9 February 2013 10:44 PM
The Indigenous All Stars have blown the NRL All Stars away in Brisbane tonight (Saturday), running out 32 points to six victors.
The Indigenous All Stars, featuring Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis and utility forward Nathan Peats, scored six tries to one against the NRL All Stars, a side which featured Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds.
Indigenous All Stars fullback Ben Barba and winger Reece Robinson both scored hat tricks to seal an emphatic victory.
Barba scored the first of his three first half tries in the ninth minute of play, with Johnathan Thurston’s conversion giving the Indigenous side a six-nil lead.
Jarryd Hayne responded almost immediately, racing 70 metres down the left hand touch line to score for the NRL side. Reynolds converted the try to level the scores at six-all.
Barba scored his second on the quarter time siren, and Thurston’s kick restored the six-point advantage after 20 minutes.
Indigenous All Stars centre Inglis pulled off a big hit on Feleti Mateo in the 28th minute, following up that massive defensive effort with a big attacking raid seconds later.
His efforts almost led to Peats scoring in the 31st minute, only to be pulled down just short of the line.
Barba continued to attack, crossing for his third try in the 31st minute, with Thurston’s conversion giving the Indigenous side an 18-6 lead at the half time break.
The Indigenous side expanded their lead six minutes into the third quarter, with Inglis playing a hand in a try for his left winger Robinson. The try was unconverted, establishing a 22-6 lead for the Indigenous All Stars.
Robinson, a cousin of Rabbitohs winger Nathan Merritt, scored his second try for the match in the fourth quarter, again scoring in the left corner, this time in the 71st minute. Scott Prince’s conversion took the score to an unassailable 28 points to six lead with less than ten minutes left on the clock.
Robinson was not going to let Barba be the only player to score a hat trick tonight, crossing again in the left corner in the 78th minute. He charged 25 metres to score, finalising the score at 32-6 in favour of the Indigenous All Stars.
Inglis made 13 runs for over 120 metres with Peats making 29 tackles for the Indigenous All Stars. Reynolds made two tackle breaks, 15 tackles and kicked the NRL side’s only goal in a solid performance at halfback for the NRL All Stars.
The three Rabbitohs’ representatives seem to have finished the game injury-free, and will be assessed by Rabbitohs medical staff upon their return to Sydney next week.
Indigenous All Stars 32 (Ben Barba 3, Reece Robinson 3 tries; Johnathan Thurston 3, Scott Prince goals)
NRL All Stars 6 (Jarryd Hayne try; Adam Reynolds goal)