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Billy Slater

Storm

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Greg Inglis

Rabbitohs

Billy Slater was simply unstoppable early in the season, scoring nine tries in his first five games including doubles against the Raiders, Rabbitohs, Titans and Roosters. Having scored two tries in each of his first four games, he then fell one try short of becoming the first player in 100 years to make it doubles in his first five. He also broke the record for most tries scored in premiership history by a fullback when he scored his 130th against the Gold Coast in Round 3.
Billy Slater
 
Greg Inglis
Greg Inglis has always represented a threat on the left side of the field, with pace, bulk, a jolting left-foot sidestep and a wonderful reaching fend making him one of the toughest players to haul in when he gets into space. But whereas he was a clear danger in the front line when playing in the centres, now he’s at fullback his threat is a sometimes hidden one.
 
 

The inside ball

Saturday 4th August

The surgeon

Sunday 5th August

The inside ball
The surgeon

It’s the play that has bamboozled many an opponent. Usually called from a quick play-the-ball on the right edge of the field, hooker Cameron Smith will fire a ball wide to Cooper Cronk on the right who quickly shoots an inside pass – often while looking the other way – to a flying Billy Slater to steam into the gap. It’s a move that all sides are aware of, but stopping it is another thing.

Michael Maguire moved Inglis from centre to custodian after their Round 2 loss to the Storm; the very next week ‘GI’ tore Penrith apart, scoring a try, making two line-breaks and running for 193 metres. He’s made life miserable for all sides since, especially chiming in on the left-hand side of the field, employing his don’t-argue fend and devastating left-foot sidestep. His support play trailing through the centre of the ruck, a la Billy Slater, has been a feature too. Inglis has crossed for 11 tries with

 
 
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