Despite going down on the scoreboard, Maroons mentor Mal Meninga praised Greg Inglis for his performance against the Blues in State of Origin II at the MCG last night (Wednesday).
Playing in the centres, Inglis was in fine form, picking up a four-pointer and narrowly missing out on a controversial second on his way to the top of State of Origin’s all-time try-scorer list.
Inglis also made 147 metres with the ball in hand, nine tackles, seven tackles busts and one line-break.
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“Absolutely he was fantastic,” said Meninga when asked about the Rabbitohs skipper.
“His preparation all week was fantastic and he was on.”
But much of the post-match talk centred around Inglis’ disallowed four-pointer – a try that could have changed proceedings in the opinion of both Maroons skipper Cameron Smith and Meninga.
"I didn't think it was a knock on," Smith told journalists in the post-match press conference.
"I thought when the ball came out it headed towards our try line that the Blues were attacking but I was wearing a Maroons jersey though wasn't I?"
Meninga added his opinion to that of his captain’s.
"It was awarded a try and there was a lot of doubt whether it was knocked on but we didn't get the rub of the green tonight," said Meninga.
"A lot of things went against us and the opposition capitalised on it."
Meninga also answered questions relating to the fitness of Billy Slater, who could be sidelined much of the remainder of the season should he require surgery on a troublesome shoulder – a change that could potentially see Inglis revert to his preferred position at fullback.
“I think it’s all about how he pulls up tonight,” said Meninga of Slater.
“He’ll be assessed I imagine – by the Melbourne club. I guess we’ll know later in the week.”