Greg Inglis grabbed himself a try-scoring double against Samoa on Sunday in Wollongong, placing him fourth in Australia’s all-time top Test try-scorers list – just one try behind the Immortal Reg Gasnier.
Inglis produced a man of the match performance in the must-win clash, helping his Kangaroos side to book their place in the Four Nations Final in Wellington this Saturday night.
The Rabbitohs fullback wasn’t just scoring them though, but was 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.
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 Gasnier’s 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.”
But Smith also suggested that Inglis could become even better moving forward, citing that Rabbitohs fullback is still working on things in his game.
"He's still got areas of his game he needs to work on as a fullback,” said Smith
“His strength is his running and his ability to get a ball and just turn nothing into something, but he still needs to work on his talk in defence and relaying things to the team and getting people to the right spot, but he's working on that.
"It's not a natural thing for Greg, but again, he's a quality player and in the big matches and times you need someone to stand up, he's always there."
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