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Ben Barba

Bulldogs

Bulldogs
 
Bulldogs

Greg Inglis

Rabbitohs

It makes no difference whether he’s chiming into the backline on a set move or searching for room deep inside his own quarter – the fact is oppositions continue to find collaring Ben Barba the toughest assignment in the NRL. Just when players think they have him surrounded he’ll pump his legs and in a blur of acceleration be off and gone – either touching down for a try or paving the way for a team-mate to score.
Ben Barba
 
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.
 
 

Barba’s cut

Friday 13th July

The surgeon

Sunday 5th August

Barba’s cut
The surgeon

Has there been a more naturally gifted attacking rugby league player? Matthew Bowen… Benji Marshall… Billy Slater… Greg Inglis… no question they’re all superstars – but no-one has ever before shown the ability to turn games on their heads so often and against the odds like Ben Barba has in 2012. The custodian has an unrivalled knack for reading plays; it’s like his mind is functioning five seconds ahead of the clock.

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.