We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at Greg Inglis.
It’s now been three years since Rabbitohs Head Coach Michael Maguire made the bold move to switch the world’s best centre back to fullback, and the move has continued to pay dividends. The Test star produced some truly magic moments in 2014 with a combination of scintillating pace, elusive running, and his trademark post-try ‘goanna’.
Among the many magic moments in 2014, Inglis produced what would ultimately be dubbed try of the year at this year’s Red & Green Ball, for the fullback’s ANZAC Day effort against the Broncos in round eight.
With the score reading 10-0 in the Rabbitohs’ favour inside the first 15 minutes of play, Ben Barba tried to spark something for his Broncos, only for his chip-kick to be collected by Inglis. It was the pre-cursor to one of the game’s truly great tries.
Inglis took the kick, changed direction and then raced almost 80 metres – beating seven defenders in the process – to score a brilliant individual try that had Rabbitohs Members and supporters cheering in disbelief, and commentators in fits of excitement.
But it wasn’t always Inglis’ ability to find the line that was the most telling part of his season – equally as important was GI’s capacity to bring the ball back on kick-returns, putting the Rabbitohs on the front foot to begin their sets coming out of their red zone. In 24 matches, Inglis ran for an impressive 3995 metres out of 343 runs (second only in the team to Sam Burgess). He also broke a staggering 104 tackles (most in the team, and breaking the line 18 times.
The Queenslander scored 13 tries for a total of 52 points, assisted in 16 tries and made five try-saving tackles from the back on his way to a Premiership ring with the Rabbitohs.