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Greg Inglis: Handy footballer, but not captaincy material

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By Lance Skelton, Lance Skelton is a Roar Pro

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    A lot of people are talking about how well Greg Inglis played in State of Origin, rabbiting on about what an inspirational captain he was.

    Really?

    In the first Origin match of 2018, Queensland looked rudderless at times, which I haven’t seen for years.

    And in pressure moments, Inglis let himself and the Queensland side down.

    For example, in the 26th minute, when his team were down 8-nil and needed to find inspiration, Inglis decided to stand way offside to belt Tom Trbojevic with a cheap shot. Trbojevic got up straight away, mind you, and he went on to have a terrific game. But how was that hit inspirational?

    Inglis not only gave away a penalty at a time when Queensland could least afford it, but showed the sort of ill-discipline that loses Origin contests. It was a lazy, premeditated tackle that put his team on the back foot and seriously under the pump defending their goal-line. They managed to dodge a bullet a few minutes later, when Valentine Holmes scored an intercept try, but it had nothing to do with any inspirational play from Inglis.

    NSW was one pass away from being up 14-nil, and Holmes took a huge risk to go for the intercept.

    In the second half, Inglis put another big shot on a bloke half his size when he smashed Nathan Cleary.

    Again, It was high and I thought he was offside. But Cleary got up, dusted himself off, and played the ball quickly to get his side on a roll with the next play.

    Basically, Cleary said to Inglis and the rest of the Queensland team, “Is that the best you’ve got?”

    If the Queensland captain and his mate Will Chambers (who likes to use his knees when he runs and tackles) really want to know how to tackle, they should look at the replay of how Cleary nailed Inglis on the NSW tryline when the Maroons skipper looked certain to score in the second half. Now that was inspirational!

    Then there’s the Trobjevic try. Remember how Trobjevic scored when he leapt into the air and plucked the ball out of Holmes’ hands? Take a look at the replay: Queensland’s captain was standing there, motionless. He didn’t attempt to block Trobjevic’s run, or even go for the ball when the kick came down.

    I’ve lost track of how many times Greg Inglis has completely destroyed NSW, but Wednesday night wasn’t one of them.

    If anything, it highlighted the fact that Inglis is probably not the right bloke to lead Queensland.

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    • June 8th 2018 @ 7:32am
      buttery said | June 8th 2018 @ 7:32am | ! Report

      I actually thought Inglis had a good game, let’s face it , no one will lead Qld like Smith & you have to remember that all the praise is coming from Qld media tarts, as well I thought Qld would have switched him to fullback.

    • June 8th 2018 @ 7:34am
      Zedman said | June 8th 2018 @ 7:34am | ! Report

      Very brave article Lance now you better start ducking. lol.

    • June 8th 2018 @ 7:51am
      Larry1950 said | June 8th 2018 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      Haven’t heard from you about origin since your rubbish article in 2015 blaming sausages for NSW getting a shellacking after their one season of origin domination.
      Only hope you’ve gone the early crow, remember game 1 last year when we all heard about the blues coming era!

    • June 8th 2018 @ 7:53am
      Paul said | June 8th 2018 @ 7:53am | ! Report

      Thanks Lance, I thought I was the only one who thought Inglis had an ordinary game at best. Gould and his dopey mates were in raptures about the cheap shot on Trbojevic, but you called it correctly. Inglis made one half break for the entire game and apart from a few tackles which looked fierce but were either belting smaller blokes or made with the help of others, he did nothing. Hoe many times for example, did he come into dummy half and make runs, especially when the NSW forwards were tired?

      The one image that sticks in my mind came after the Addo-Carr try, I think it was, where the Queenslanders are standing behind their line. Inglis is yakking to them, Chambers says something back and all of a sudden they’re in an argument. You’d have never seen that when Smith was captain.

      • Roar Rookie

        June 8th 2018 @ 8:13am
        Matthew Pearce said | June 8th 2018 @ 8:13am | ! Report

        “Cheap” shot? Far out, he was offside, but it was a regulation body check. Don’t give me this “cheap” shot nonsense. The only actual cheap shot in that match was RCG heroically rag-dolling Milford’s head into the ground.

        Please, ordinary game? What were you watching? He completely shut down Roberts, made plenty of good tackles off his on impetus, and made a half-break probably every second run of the ball.

        It’s a captain’s job to pull his team-mates in. You don’t know what was actually being said, and you don’t know that Smith would never have had any arguments with team-mates at all. Chambers was having a poor match and was continually trying to give it to Mitchell, the bloke probably got frustrated and said something he usually wouldn’t.

        • June 8th 2018 @ 8:50am
          Paul said | June 8th 2018 @ 8:50am | ! Report

          It was a cheap shot because Inglis deliberately went early, knowing if he waited he would make a regulation tackle at best. This was the only way he could get to Trbojevic.

          He might have shut down Roberts but Roberts could say the same about Inglis. It was clear his side had zero idea how to make a break and he should have stepped up but didn’t. None of his supposed half-breaks led to anything. It was an ordinary game, if you took off your Maroon glasses.

          As for his argument with Chambers, a blind man could see they were having a go at each other. I didn’t say Smith never had an argument with another player, I said you’d never see Smith do that when he was captain.

          • Roar Rookie

            June 8th 2018 @ 9:40am
            Matthew Pearce said | June 8th 2018 @ 9:40am | ! Report

            “It was a cheap shot because Inglis deliberately went early, knowing if he waited he would make a regulation tackle at best. This was the only way he could get to Trbojevic.”

            Lol. Sure, ok, if that’s what you want to believe.

            No, Jimmy could not say the same about Inglis. Don’t need to watch through Maroon glasses to see that Inglis really did have a very good game. I get that some players can only perform well if they run 300 metres and palm off 10 different blokes every single time they run, but seriously, Inglis was great and I don’t know why that’s even up for discussion.

            You haven’t explained why said argument is bad or even relevant to this weird “Inglis wasn’t good” position you’ve got going.

            • June 8th 2018 @ 3:32pm
              MonkeyMayes said | June 8th 2018 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

              I didn’t think Inglis’ hit on Tommy T was a cheap shot.

              Chamber’s kneeing Cook was the biggest cheap shot in the whole match.

      • June 8th 2018 @ 9:23am
        rossco said | June 8th 2018 @ 9:23am | ! Report

        You could tell what they were talking about from a two second snap on TV? Don’t make things up or your nose will grow longer.

    • Roar Guru

      June 8th 2018 @ 7:59am
      Emcie said | June 8th 2018 @ 7:59am | ! Report

      Geez, we get it, you don’t like the guy

      • Roar Rookie

        June 8th 2018 @ 8:15am
        Matthew Pearce said | June 8th 2018 @ 8:15am | ! Report

        Lancy just doesn’t like anything and everything QLD. After all, we’ve been getting away with so much nonsense thanks to the refs swallowing the whistle, they needed to blow the pea out the other night in order to make it fair. Wonder if he’s gonna revisit that…

        • Roar Pro

          June 8th 2018 @ 8:30am
          Lance Skelton said | June 8th 2018 @ 8:30am | ! Report

          Mathew, there were only 5 penalties for the entire match. If they’d have been refereeing the game like the NRL games this year, which average 17 penalties per game, the scoreline would have been a bigger blow out to NSW.

          • Roar Guru

            June 8th 2018 @ 9:21am
            Matt H said | June 8th 2018 @ 9:21am | ! Report

            Why? What evidence have you that more penalties would have advantaged NSW? When QLD were dominating the middle in the second half they would have received penalties, so why would a slower, stop-start game have benefited NSW?

            Obviously NSW are advantaged by an up tempo game where the ball stays in play and they can use their speed.

            • Roar Pro

              June 8th 2018 @ 9:32am
              Lance Skelton said | June 8th 2018 @ 9:32am | ! Report

              Matt, The Valentine Holmes intercept should have been pulled up because the QLD inside backs were standing way offside. Take a look at the reply. So there’s six points they shouldn’t have been awarded for a start. Qld weren’t dominating the middle in the second half. That’s rubbish. QLD were looking tired and out on their feet. Next game I hope the game is refereed more like an NRL game, which I know Kevvy Walters and his coaching staff don’t want to happen. Why? Because the QLD side is too old, too slow.

              • Roar Guru

                June 8th 2018 @ 9:37am
                Emcie said | June 8th 2018 @ 9:37am | ! Report

                You’re a bit out of touch mate, the “too old too slow” arguement is ancient history now

              • June 8th 2018 @ 9:47am
                Lance skelton said | June 8th 2018 @ 9:47am | ! Report

                Did you see the game where the St George centre Aitken went around Inglis like he wasn’t even there and scored? Stood him up beautifully. Too old, too slow. It could well be Inglis’ last state of Origin series, and we know it’s Billy Slaters.

              • Roar Guru

                June 8th 2018 @ 2:57pm
                Matt H said | June 8th 2018 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

                How the heck can I answer that? A side that is too old and too slow would like MORE penalties – to slow the game down. NSW want a faster game = they want less penalties. Did you even read the comment? Are you even trying to be reasonable or are you just being one of those guys who only see the opposition offside and never his own team?

          • Roar Rookie

            June 8th 2018 @ 9:49am
            Matthew Pearce said | June 8th 2018 @ 9:49am | ! Report

            Really? If they blew more penalties, they would’ve been pinged straight off the bat for tipping McGuire past the horizontal, Crichton’s strip would’ve been called; thus they’re not in position to score tries two or three; the two-on-one on Munster down the other end would’ve been called, and hey, if they’re trigger-happy enough, they might’ve even called back Addo-Carr’s try like they should’ve.

            Love it! “Too old, too slow.” We were too old and too slow in 2015 as well, as I recall. Perhaps we were then, a fit side could’ve put 100 points on your mob in that decider.

            If you think QLD weren’t dominating the middle in the second half, you might’ve been watching last year’s replay instead by accident. Probably why you think Inglis wasn’t good either.

    • June 8th 2018 @ 8:08am
      theHunter said | June 8th 2018 @ 8:08am | ! Report

      I agree with this article. How can people find inspiration when a big bloke like GI hit a smaller player. If GI came in and smashed Klemmer, now that would be inspirational.

      He was bullying smaller players in defense but the smaller players were holding their own against him when he was on attack. More so, Turbo standing up even though he was hit that hard and than going on business and scoring a try would be more inspirational than a huge bloke smashing a smaller player.

      Gallen, Bird and Scott smashed JT, Slater, Cronk more times but no one saw that as inspirational because they were huge buggers but when GI does it, people say that is inspirational??? That’s BS…

      • Roar Rookie

        June 8th 2018 @ 10:28am
        Joe said | June 8th 2018 @ 10:28am | ! Report

        To be fair, I don’t know if you can say Tom T is a small guy…he’s over 6 ft. Inglis also put a pretty good hit on Paul Vaughn. I don’t think he’s the kind of player who just targets smaller guys..i.e bullying. He’s the only person I’ve ever seen put a big hit on Andrew Fifita. In his Melbourne Storm days with a leaner frame he’d also line up 2nd rowers. I just wish he’d do it more often rather than just saving it for Origin.

        • June 8th 2018 @ 10:49am
          theHunter said | June 8th 2018 @ 10:49am | ! Report

          Maybe he doesn’t target smaller guys but on this occasion he did and people think he is inspirational because of that.

          GI is a great player that’s for sure but I don’t see those two hits inspirational at all. Smith never did such things but he is known to be the person that inspires his team.

          What GI did was done so many times by Gallen and Bird to Slater, Cronk and JT. Gallen as a skipper doing that wasn’t seen as inspirational at all now was it. Hayne running full steam ahead at JT looked more like a bully picking out the smaller player to steamroll than inspiring anybody.

          What was seen as inspiring was JT getting back on his feet or Slater recovering from Gallen’s hit and getting back at them and than winning.
          GI tried but it wasn’t inspiring at all. What Turbo did after that seem more inspiring than what GI did.

          • June 8th 2018 @ 3:40pm
            MonkeyMayes said | June 8th 2018 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

            Good point. Further to that, and hopefully as a Blue supporter, further evidence of Fittler getting the ‘rubbish’ out of this Blues side was the way Lattrell Mitchell kept it together whilst Chambers was mouthing off at him. In the end Mitchell outplayed Chambers and totally showed him up.

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