MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Greg Inglis of the Maroons and his teammates look dejected after a Blues try during game one of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Greg Inglis proved in Game I of the Origin series exactly what type of leader he is. He showed why he will lead this Maroons team until he calls it quits. The 31-year old leads with actions, not words.

Queensland lost the game last night 22-12 at the MCG in front of over 87,000 screaming fans. But Inglis won the majority of them over, maybe even Blues fans.

At times last night, QLD looked dead and buried. Inglis realised this and came up with a huge hit to inspire his team to get back into it. What do you know? The next few sets all of Inglis’ teammates are hitting and hitting hard to try and win this, on the back of Inglis’ efforts.

It wasn’t Inglis’ best-attacking game, but when he needed to take the tough yards out of his own end, he would always have his hand up and chalked up over 132 running metres to go with it. In the end, his efforts weren’t enough to inspire his team to get over the line. But you cannot doubt his leadership or captaincy abilities.

This flows onto the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Most pundits and fans thought it would be a good year for Souths if they made finals, and it now looks like they have a real chance at winning the premiership. This is all on the back of Inglis and his leadership, inspiring others to do better on the back of his own performances.

It will be exciting to see how far the Souths can go this year. It will also be thrilling to see how Ingles and coach Kevin Walters bounce back from their Game I loss in Game II, against an exciting new-look Blues side.

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