Why Inglis will be the 2012 Dally M Medalist
Greg Inglis reacts following the round 1 NRL match. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan
Cooper Cronk leads the race for the 2012 Dally M medal after 16 rounds, with 19 points. Matt Bowen, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater are just two points in arrears on 17.
However, it is South Sydney fullback Greg Inglis who is tipped by many to take the title. Inglis surrenders a three point lead to Cronk heading into the final third of the competition, many experts suggesting that Inglis will add yet another accolade to his already illustrious career.
Inglis will miss this weeks clash with the Penrith Panthers due to Origin duty.
However, if he makes it through the Origin decider unscathed, the flyer will be buoyed to continue his recent run of form at club level. South Sydney will play six of their remaining eight games against teams currently positioned outside of the top 8. If they are to win these matches, Inglis will assumably play a major role.
In 13 appearances this year, G.I has scored seven tries, racking up 1787 running metres in the process. Alongside Ben Barba, Inglis has broken the line more than any other player, highlighting his successful switch from centre to fullback.
The Kempsey-born Queensland star has also proved his abilities to single-handedly win club matches in 2012. Inglis demonstrated such talents in round five, kicking a field goal in extra time to defeat the Wests Tigers.
Inglis has also shown composure and skill in big game situations, claiming the Clive Churchill medal for best on ground in the 2007 NRL grand final as well as consistently putting in big performances at Origin level. Such attributes will hold the flyer in good stead come the concluding matches of the 2012 season.
Cronk has to compete with Slater and captain Cameron Smith for the Dally M points in each game, meaning Inglis will have a better shot of picking up something each week.
If I was a betting man, I would put my money on Inglis for the 2012 Dally M.
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