Greg Inglis put it down to a good old fashioned rugby league brain explosion.
In the dying seconds of South Sydney’s round three NRL loss to St George Illawarra at the SCG on Sunday and with the score favouring the Dragons 8-6, Inglis launched a desperate shot at field goal from 35m out.
Not that it mattered, but he missed.
The final play of a rain-drenched afternoon from the superstar fullback brought bemusement from his coach Michael Maguire and confusion from the opposition.
“Put that on the blooper reel, I will sit back at have a laugh at it,” Inglis said.
“It was a bit of a brain explosion at the end there, not much else I can say about it.”
The incident brought back memories of a field goal Canterbury great Terry Lamb kicked in the latter minutes of a clash with Newcastle at Belmore Sportsground in 1992 with the score at 14-12 in favour of the Knights.
“He is probably a bit of a fan of Terry Lamb … someone had to say it,” Maguire said.
“It was just one of those things. It was not one of his best decisions but he has made plenty of good ones.”
Skipper Gareth Widdop said the Dragons weren’t sure what to make of Inglis’ effort.
“I don’t know, he must have been tired or something I am not sure,” he said.
Dragons winger Jason Nightingale added: “I was confused, then I had to readjust because my job was to go back and get the ball and then I was very happy.”
Lamb reflected on his effort several years later.
“I had a blackout, he said.
“I didn’t see the player kick the goal after the last try. Either way mine was a great kick.”