A Kangaroos jersey is the last thing on Greg Inglis’ mind despite the South Sydney captain finally reclaiming his mojo.
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire declared the “Inglis of old” was back after the fullback shone in their gutsy 30-8 NRL loss in Brisbane on Friday night.
Inglis finally blew off the rust to show sparks of greatness and enjoy a points decision win over Brisbane rival Darius Boyd at Suncorp Stadium.
And not a moment too soon with Kangaroos selectors set to finalise their 17 for next month’s one-off Test against New Zealand in Newcastle.
But asked about Kangaroos selection, Inglis said: “That’s the last thing (I am thinking about).
“I am worried about this team, getting them back on track – that is my main focus.
“The main thing is we stick together and work through this together.”
Maguire was a little more forthcoming after the spiteful clash against the ladder leaders.
After copping weeks of criticism, Maguire clearly liked what he saw from Inglis who capped a stellar display by stepping two Broncos to score in the 52nd minute.
A penalty five minutes later reduced the 14-0 halftime deficit to just six points.
Brisbane found another gear to score another three tries and condemn South Sydney to their fifth loss in six games.
However, Maguire believed his side – and more importantly his skipper – had turned the corner.
“Definitely, I was proud of him,” Maguire said of Inglis.
“A lot has been said by certain people and that’s up to them what they say but I know what he is doing in the background and I thought his effort was a good captain’s effort.
“He will keep working hard on his game like he normally does.”
Maguire said his maligned team – dismissed as a “shadow of itself” by Matt Johns this week – would also start proving their critics wrong.
“My boys are having a lot said about them at the moment but I know what they are capable of,” he said.