Commanding GI leads Bunnies into top four
Greg Inglis ran riot as South Sydney reclaimed fourth spot on the ladder with a 38-6 victory over Parramatta at the Olympic stadium on Sunday.by NRL
Greg Inglis ran riot as South Sydney reclaimed fourth spot on the ladder with a 38-6 victory over Parramatta at the Olympic stadium on Sunday.
Inglis scored two tries and set up another three as the Rabbitohs piled on seven-tries-to-one to jump above the Cowboys with 34 competition points and a higher points differential.
The representative star also tallied 12 tackle breaks and three line breaks in an ominous warning ahead of the finals.
The bustling full-back also delighting the Rabbitohs faithful when he sent former team-mate Chris Sandow flying after an ill-advised shoulder charge.
Souths held a narrow 14-6 lead at the break, but the flood gates opened after the restart with three tries in a 10-minute period just after the hour mark icing the contest.
Inglis said coach Michael Maguire told his side to focus on the simple things like completions and field position and not fall into the Eels' trap of ad lib football.
"We build our performance on the back of the forwards," Inglis told Grandstand.
"The last couple of weeks we have been going too much side to side.
"We got back to what we do best and that is the big guys going forward."
Inglis said his side was not thinking about points differential or the finals late in the second half.
"We don't like to talk finals," Inglis added.
"We have been talking about finals the last two weeks and it has affected our performance," the full-back added referring to consecutive defeats against Manly and Cronulla.
"We'll just concentrate on going to Newcastle next week and getting the two points."
Little went right for the Eels as they struggled to keep up to the pace, the loss and Penrith's win over Gold Coast on Saturday night confirming they will finish last for the first time since 1972.
After looking a little rusty in his return last week, Inglis showed his intentions early with a series of devastating runs.
He was a spectator as Adam Reynolds provided the pinpoint kick for Matt King to score on six minutes, Reynolds adding an extra two points after he was the victim of a raised forearm which landed Eels prop Fuifui Moimoi on report.
Inglis used brute force to nab his first try on the back of another Moimoi penalty, before the Eels hit back with their only points of the day as the retiring Luke Burt slid over wearing the jumper that bore his image.
But any hope the Eels had of honouring his special day with a win was gone six minutes after the restart when Inglis provided a perfect cut-out pass for Merritt's first try of the afternoon.
He was the provider again with a basketball pass for Dylan Farrell to go over, Merritt completing his double seven minutes from time before Inglis added one more try assist with a brilliant pass to set up Andrew Everingham in the dying stages.
South Sydney: 38 (G Inglis 2, N Merritt 2, M King, D Farrell, A Everingham tries; A Reynolds 5 goals)
Parramatta: 6 (L Burt try; L Burt goal)
Source: ABC Sport
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