Rabbitohs players Greg Inglis, Dylan Walker and Chris Grevsmuhl all grabbed four-pointers in tonight’s (Friday’s) All Stars clash on the Gold Coast, Inglis and Grevsmuhl helping the Indigenous All Stars to a 20-6 victory.
With a total of five Rabbitohs lining up in the game, the Rabbitohs trio scored three out of four of the tries scored in the match – Dylan Walker scoring the first for the NRL All Stars, while Inglis scored a second half screamer before Grevsmuhl – still yet to make his first grade debut – grabbed the final try of the clash.
The NRL side got an early advantage off the back of a penalty in the first set, but despite some good shifting of the ball, the Indigenous defence held and was up to the task, dragging Dylan Walker over the side-line.
Mere seconds later, a brilliant Indigenous play that saw Johnathan Thurston kick across field, bounced into the arms of Alex Johnston who in turn kicked it for Justin Hodges who came up just short of the line, relieving the pressure from the NRL side momentarily.
Rabbitohs Indigenous player, Kyle Turner, found himself on the end of a high tackle courtesy of Paul Gallen, with the Premiership winner staying down for a prolonged period as a result of Gallen’s shoulder finding his face. Turner eventually walked from the field and did not take any further part in the match.
An arm wrestle ensued that yielded no points, leaving the two teams going to the break locked at nil all.
With the NRL All Stars throwing everything they had at the Indigenous side and coming up short, some quick shifting from Mitchell Pearce and Matt Moylan created an overlap that saw Walker stroll over for the first try of the match. Jarrod Croker converted to make it 6-0.
From the kick off, the NRL All Stars were immediately put under pressure when James Graham dropped the ball, gifting the Indigenous outfit field position. But despite a promising set of six, the NRL held strong and continued to until the end of the half.
After a long stalemate, the Indigenous side were the next to score, and in a big way. A massive Tyrone Peachey bomb into the in-goal saw Greg Inglis fly through and take the ball on the full to score before producing an All Stars Goanna. Johnathan Thurston converted from close range to lock it up at six apiece going into three-quarter time.
The Indigenous All Stars took the lead for the first time in the match when Will Chambers hit a well-timed pass to burst through a narrow gap courtesy of a Greg Inglis decoy. Chambers raced through for the try before Thurston added the extras to make it 12-6 in favour of the Indigenous outfit.
With just five minutes left in the match, a penalty to the Indigenous All Stars 43 metres out gifted Thurston with an opportunity to put his team a further two points ahead. Thurston made no mistake despite the distance to make it 14-6.
But that wasn’t enough for the Indigenous men, with Rabbitohs forward Grevsmuhl pouncing on a loose ball in the in-goal to claim his four pointer. Thurston added the extras to make it 20-6.
A short-kick-off from the NRL side, saw Justin Hodges streak away before passing on to Dane Gagai. Gagai seemingly scored only to be denied by the video referee upon closer inspection, rounding out the match.
Indigenous All Stars 20 (Greg Inglis, Will Chambers, Chris Grevsmuhl, tries; Johnathan Thurston 4 goals)
NRL All Stars 6 (Dylan Walker, tries; Jarrod Croker 1 goal)