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Queensland's State of Origin history is littered with players bearing the names of animals ? ?Raging Bull? Tallis, ?Bear? Bowman and ?Horse? Niebling to name a few.
?Sugar Glider? might not have the same ominous implications, yet there would be few better creatures with which to associate Greg Inglis, potentially a Maroons? star of the future.
Fullback in Wednesday?s 42-12 win by Queensland Under 19 against New South Wales Under 19, Inglis scored two crucial tries to break the opposition spirit.
With the Blues ahead 12-4 in the 20th minute, Inglis did what he does best, sweetly gliding around the outside of his man with an almost casual air to plant the ball across the stripe.
Also playing strongly, Berrick Barnes converted to close the gap to two points, from where Queensland went on to score three more tries and build a 24-12 halftime lead.
Inglis?s second four-pointer came 12 minutes into the second half. Out of nothing, the Wavell State High graduate chipped and regathered, then rolled in a tackle to score.
Comparisons with the sugar glider come not only from his saccharine-laced grace and timing, but also for the fact he has lived up and down the East Coast, yet is now best associated with South East Queensland.
From the Under 19s interstate match, others to shine were wingers Steve Michaels and Anthony Perkins, playmakers William Zillman and Colin Wilkie and forward Fletcher Holmes.
Ranked among the leading tryscorers in the Queensland Wizard Cup, Michaels benefited from a loose Barnes bomb for his first try and ran almost the length of the field for his second.
In the preceding match between the Queensland Under 19 Maroons and a Western Australian Development team, the home side prevailed 62-4.
Liam Campbell of Wests grabbed three tries, Nick Nolan of Warwick poached a double and Luke Millwood baffled the defence with his all-round kicking game.
In his first full season of competitive rugby league, former soccer prodigy Denan Kemp also crossed twice for the Maroons. ______________________________________________ QUEENSLAND U19s 42 (Greg Inglis 2, Steve Michaels 2, Adam Fielder, Col Wilkie, Anthony Perkins, Paoa Faamita tries; Greg Inglis 3, Berrick Barnes 2 goals)
NEW SOUTH WALES U19s 12 (Junior Moors, Michael Lett tries; Todd Carney 2 goals) ______________________________________________ QUEENSLAND U19 MAROONS 62 (Liam Campbell 3, Nick Nolan 2, Denan Kemp 2, Darius Boyd, Gideon Mzembe, Luke Millwood, Sika Manu tries; Luke Millwood 9 goals)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA DEVELOPMENT 4 (Ross Hunter try) ______________________________________________
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