He may have plenty of big game experience, but Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis told Rabbitohs.com.au today (Saturday) that the idea of playing in the 2014 decider still hasn’t sunk in.
“It hasn’t really hit home yet,” said Inglis.
“It’s been a big week – last week – and it paid off with the performance last night. I think it’ll sink in on Monday morning after the weekend’s gone.”
After two successive previous Preliminary Final attempts in 2012 and 2013, the Rabbitohs managed to jump the final hurdle by accounting for arch-rivals, the Sydney Roosters in a controlled performance in front of over 52,000 Members and supporters – the majority of whom wore red and green.
But for Inglis and his men, the job is far from over.
“We keep speaking about it – we haven’t achieved anything yet,” reminded Inglis.
“We’re still 80 minutes away from saying that we have, so we’ve got to just keep doing what we do, train hard and have fun doing it.
“Even though it’s a long week, it’s going to come real quick and before you know it, the game’s going to be here. So when it’s time to work, it’s time to work hard and when it’s time to relax, just sit back and enjoy it and have fun.”
Inglis notched up his 200th first grade game in last night’s Preliminary Final, with the proud Rabbitoh admitting that the week was an emotional ride – but not because of his personal milestone.
“It’s been an emotional ride all week,” admitted Inglis.
“There was a lot on the line – jumping over that hurdle that we failed to (jump) the last few years and obviously the 200. I said to the boys – it’s not about me, it’s about what we have to do to proceed to the Grand Final.