South Sydney Rabbitohs centre Greg Inglis was medically forced into an immediate retirement from his playing days in the NRL earlier in the week, in the news many neutral fans of the league dreaded.
Inglis notched up 263 NRL games, scoring 149 tries, 32 Origin appearances for Queensland (18 tries) and 39 Tests for Australia (32 tries), breaking countless records on the way. To commemorate an incredible career, here are five of the great man’s most influential performances.
1. 2007 Grand Final – Melbourne 34 d. Manly 8
After falling short to Brisbane the previous year, Melbourne returned to the big dance against a Manly side in its fifth season since reinstating the Manly name. Inglis in his third season of first grade, turned in a Grand Final performance for the ages. ‘GI,’ playing at five-eighth, set up the opening try with a ball to Anthony Quinn and doubled his side’s lead later when he received the ball ten metres out from the line before rampaging towards Anthony Watmough and shrugging off another couple of defenders on the way to the line. With the game all but over at 18-4 and 25 minutes remaining, Inglis stormed onto an offload from Brett White and raced 65 metres, beat Michael Robertson and scored the try of the game. He picked up the Clive Churchill Medal for player of the match at the end of the game.