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Targeted Inglis won't change running style

Greg Inglis

Greg Inglis knows he is a target on the NRL field, but the victim of four ugly spear tackles this season does not believe any of them have been premeditated.
Targeted Inglis won't change running style
by AAP

By Joe Barton

SYDNEY, May 7 AAP - Greg Inglis knows he is a target on the NRL field, but the victim of four ugly spear tackles this season does not believe any of them have been premeditated.

The South Sydney star also admitted to being stunned by suggestions he needs to change his running style.

Three of the spear tackles occurred a fortnight ago in a spiteful victory over Manly, prompting Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire to suggest his gun fullback was being targeted.

Inglis agreed that he felt like a target on occasions, but said he wasn't worried to take the field because none of the incidents were intentional.

"I'm not worried whatsoever," he said at the launch of a rugby league reading program on Tuesday.

"No one is intentionally going out there thinking they're going to upend someone on their head or anything like that.

"... As soon as you question someone's thought process about the game, it's obviously entering dangerous waters."

Two of the spear tackles involving Inglis led to an eight-week suspension for Manly's Richie Fa'aoso.

Following that match Manly coach Geoff Toovey suggested Inglis may need to refine his running style to limit the number of dangerous positions he is put in.

There is a school of thought that Inglis' large upper body and desire to get quick play-the-balls is contributing to him being upended.

Sydney Roosters great Brad Fittler said he didn't feel Inglis was in the wrong, but believed a change would be in Inglis' best interests.

"The key is Greg's the constant factor in a lot of the tackles," Fittler told AAP.

"I just don't want to see him get hurt.

"I don't want to see anyone get hurt like that.

"He's not doing anything wrong, but it's up to Greg."

Inglis said he had not watched any replays of the horrible tackles he's been subjected to, including a grade four effort which sidelined Canterbury's Krisnan Inu for five weeks.

But he didn't need to watch replays to confirm his belief that his running style is fine as it is.

"Everyone's got their own suggestions," he said.

"In the end I'm just out there playing my own game and worrying about what I've got to do to win the game for South Sydney.

"If I've got to change my running style ... I don't know, I'm a bit stunned by that."


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