South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has moved to defend his out-of-sorts captain Greg Inglis, saying the superstar fullback needs more help from teammates to get his game going again.
And Maguire words have been echoed by Inglis’ Queensland and Australian skipper Cameron Smith.
Inglis has struggled to make an impact in the NRL this season amid continued claims of a knee injury, as Souths have spluttered to a 3-4 start to 2016.
“He is going through a period now where he has to look at his game and ways he can get himself into a good position when we have the ball and, defensively, he is working hard,” Maguire said on Thursday at Sydney Airport.
“It is a team thing – we all need to work hard to create opportunities for each other. If we work hard, those opportunities will come and Greg will get himself into position and we will be talking about the amazing things he does in the game.
“If we get all those one percenters right and that is exactly what it is, Greg will come to life.”
Souths play Brisbane at Friday night at Suncorp Stadium in the opening match of round eight, at a venue Inglis has played some of his best football.
Despite his struggles this year, Inglis remains a certain selection for next month’s Anzac Test in Mal Meninga’s first game as coach of Australia.
“When Mal said he’s going to back his experienced players, GI is one of the most experienced players at international level, so he will be there and I’m sure he will play well,” Smith said.
“I’m sure when the team (Souths) starts playing well collectively you’ll see Greg play well also.
“It’s a bit hard to ask a guy at the back of a team to carry the whole team by himself. They are a quality side, a champion side and they will come good soon.”