The 2017 State of Origin series will certainly have a different look to it, with Greg Inglis absent for the first time since he was a teenaged Melbourne Storm rookie in 2005. Inglis suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Round 1 this year and is currently undergoing treatment at a mental health facility, it was reported yesterday. It ends a remarkable run of 11 straight Origin campaigns he has participated in – a streak matched only by Wally Lewis, Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Nate Myles. Inglis he missed just three games since debuting in the 2006 series opener.
We take a look at arguably Inglis’ greatest performance of his 30 appearances. Queensland, without the injured Darren Lockyer, was under the pump after a convincing 18-10 loss in the Sydney series opener, but Inglis led the way in a devastating 30-0 result at Suncorp Stadium three weeks later.
Man-of-the-match Inglis, in just his sixth Origin, terrorised opposing centre Mark Gasnier and debutant winger, Inglis’ Melbourne Storm teammate, in a rampaging display. He made four line-breaks and set up two tries for newcomer Boyd with long busts – including this unforgettable charge in the seventh minute, where he fended off Gasnier and trampled Turner to allow Boyd to open the scoring.
The 21-year-old laid on another for Boyd in near-identical – and only slightly less spectacular – circumstances 14 minutes later to double Queensland’s lead.
Israel Folau and Ben Hannant scored subsequent tries, while Johnathan Thurston landed seven from seven to wrap up one of the most emphatic wins in Origin history. Queensland went on to take a gripping decider 16-10, clinching their third straight crown.