Imagine the celebration if he'd kicked it.
That was the running joke emanating out of Redfern on Monday morning as South Sydney players make light of Greg Inglis' brain snap field-goal attempt in Sunday's 8-6 NRL loss to St George Illawarra.
Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs attempts to kick a field goal ... with his team down by two points. Photo: Mark Kolbe
With just seconds remaining in the match and his team down by two points, the Rabbitohs captain inexplicably took a shot for one point, admitting he thought the teams were level for the entire second half.
"I don't know what was going on through my mind. Went back, had a look at it, and they actually kicked a penalty goal," an embarrassed Inglis said on Monday.
And his teammates didn't take long to stick it to him.
"It would've been good to see if he kicked it actually, to see if he'd celebrate it. It would've been funny," said No.7 Luke Keary.
"We didn't say anything to him until we got into the showers, he walked in and he just started laughing."
Keary revealed he and halves partner Cody Walker had planned an all-or-nothing play on the short side in the final play of the game but were over-called by their skipper.
"He told me to have a shot from the 60th minute, or 65th minute, and when I didn't take a shot he had a shot at me. I didn't know what he was talking about," Keary said.
"But right at the end of the game, me and Cody went down the short side and (Cameron McInnes) was the hooker, he had a look at us and I heard Greg screaming for the ball so I thought we'll give it to Greg and see what happens.
"I didn't know what he was doing."
Their defence improved as the game wore on and they finished the half the better side.
Apart of it is because Cronulla lack that killer punch. Their sole try came from a good cross-field kick from Maloney, otherwise the gameplan seems off. For whatever reason, they're really trying to work DCE over when their strength is all down the other side of the field. Townsend, Barba, Bird and Holmes have been their most likely at the start of the season but they've received very few opportunities to take on Matai and Taufua. In fact, when Bird has received the ball it's usually to take on Walker back on the inside.
But credit to Manly, there were some positive signs there. I really like the inclusion of Tom Symonds on the fringe - he's been great next to DCE and has come up with some good plays in defence. Also got to give a wrap to their backs, they've really helped their forwards out and given Manly plenty of opportunities to hit-back. Unfortunately the play hasn't been quite there for Manly with a lot of passes going behind players.
That try to Parcell should do them the world of good. They didn't deserve it at all, it was horrible play from Vave but the play from Lawrence on Lewis was fantastic. And boy, you do not want to give Parcell an inch. If ya blink, he scores.