GI's Suncorp Special

When it comes to individual efforts, this is one of the all-time greatest.

Of course, we're talking about Greg Inglis' try in Round 8, 2014 against the Brisbane Broncos.

It is etched into the memory of every South Sydney Rabbitohs fan who witnessed it, and Club Media Manager Jeremy Monahan is one of the many who looks back fondly on the mighty fullbacks' effort in what was already leading up as a big match.

"It was ANZAC Day, and Alex Johnston was going to make his first-grade debut, so it was an exciting game for the Club," he said.

"The trip to Brisbane is always a big game when we go out to Suncorp Stadium. There's always a good vibe for those games and we were in the middle of a good run against the Broncos."

With tries to Api Koroisau and Johnston, the Rabbitohs had truly risen to the occasion, leading 10-nil after just eight minutes. 

Looking to add some spark to his side, an adventurous chip kick from Broncos five-eighth Ben Barba backfired as the Steeden ended up in the arms of Inglis on the ten-metre line.

And the rest they say, is history.

"Ben Barba chipped the ball over the top and wanted nothing to do with Greg," Monahan explained.

"There was a half-attempted tackle, he beat a couple of defenders and then when he dropped his head, you knew it was on. 

"He was pushing the earth underneath him, he wound up and kept bumping defenders off.

"The press box at Suncorp Stadium is quite high, and it's also quite parochial for the Broncos with all the journalists from Brisbane. They had been very chirpy in the lead-up, and then Greg made the break and the whole box went silent except for myself and one Sydney 'journo'.

"We were both on our feet, I don't remember saying much because I was just in such awe of what happened, but the 'journo' was cheering him home like he was watching Winx, and everyone else was just silent.

"When he touched down in the corner, I think even the Broncos fans stood up and applauded him. Being a Queenslander, I think they have that respect for him, but for me, that was one of the best tries I've ever seen."

With so many career highlights up until that point, and with many more to come, you could argue that superhuman effort against the Broncos is what best represents Greg Inglis as a player - a sentiment Monahan duly agrees with.

"He just showed the power, the strength, the ability, and the fend, as well as his determination to get to the try line," he said.

"There are four tries from GI that stand out to me – there was one against us in Perth when he played for the Storm, the one in his first game for us against the Roosters, another try against the Broncos later that year in Indigenous Round, and of course that one at Suncorp. 

"They all show different abilities – one was turning a game on its head, one was his first game with us snatching a bomb out of the air, one was putting in the extra effort but this one was just brute force and power."

Despite the stardom and fame that has followed Inglis throughout his career, Monahan was quick to point out that for each ounce of strength comes a tonne of humility, citing a post-match interview that displayed the team-oriented mentality of the Rabbitohs captain.

"After that game in the media interview he said he was looking for Alex Johnston while he was on his run," he explained.

"He mentioned that he didn't think he was going to make it, and wanted to look for the young quick bloke on debut.

"Greg scored in the left corner and AJ was on the complete opposite side of the field on the right wing, but that just shows it wasn't a selfish act, it was just a freakish play.

"Individually, it is probably one of the Club's best moments against the Brisbane Broncos."

 

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