Mystery deepens over Greg Inglis’ “brainsnap” last-second field goal attempt, with teammates revealing the South Sydney skipper was calling for a one-pointer much earlier in Sunday’s NRL loss to St George Illawarra.
With his team on the attack and trailing the Dragons by two points at the SCG, Inglis left everyone baffled when he had took a shot at a field goal with the final play of the game.
While the attempt – which sailed wide – was initially labelled a late-game loss of concentration, halfback Luke Keary admitted on Monday he’d been reprimanded by his skipper for not attempting a field goal earlier.
The Dragons had kicked a penalty goal to go ahead 8-6 before halftime and there was no change to the score in the second half but it seems Inglis believed the score was still 6-6.
Keary revealed he and halves partner Cody Walker had planned an all-or-nothing bid for a try down the short side for the final play 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.”
Inglis was still shaking his head at the incident at Monday’s recovery session having .
“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.
As confused as he was to see Inglis have the shot at field goal, Keary admitted he would have liked to have seen the shot sail through the posts – if only for the reaction.
“It would’ve been good to see if he kicked it actually, to see if he’d celebrate it,” Keary said.
“It would’ve been funny.
“We didn’t say anything to him until we got into the showers. He walked in and he just started laughing.”