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Remember This GI Test Double?

Words & Video: Tom Skolarikis

Rabbitohs skipper, Greg Inglis, grabbed himself a try-scoring double for Australia in 2014 when the national side took on Samoa in Wollongong.

Inglis produced a man of the match performance in the must-win clash to help his Kangaroos side to book their place in that years’ Four Nations Final.

The Rabbitohs fullback wasn’t just scoring them though, setting them up as well. The Kangaroos drew first blood when Inglis offloaded on the half-way line, before sending away the Australian outside backs for Cooper Cronk to score.

 

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Inglis then grabbed his first try not long afterwards on the back of a desperate final-tackle attempt by the Aussies to keep the ball alive – the Rabbitohs fullback popping up out of nowhere to finish off a movement that saw him with the ball in hand on two occasions.

The big man then found the narrowest of gaps in the Samoan defence to grab a second four-pointer to bring himself just one try away from Immortal Ref Gasnier on the all-time Test tries list.

Test skipper, Cameron Smith, praised Inglis for his ability and reliability in the post-match press conference.

“He’s a fantastic player – everyone knows that,” said Smith.

“It’s hard to keep coming up with new words to describe him and the type of player he is, but I think he’s grown into that role at the back in the three matches.

“His strength is his running and his ability to get a ball and just turn nothing into something.”

Inglis will reprise his place in the Kangaroos outfit for the 35th time in this Friday’s ANZAC Test in Newcastle

To re-live GI’s two tries from the match against Samoa, please press play on the video player. 

 

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