Greg Inglis will be Super League 'sensation', says Adrian Lam

Adrian Lam has experienced first-hand the qualities of Greg Inglis – and is backing him to be a “sensation” in Super League.

Saturday, 1st May 2021, 7:00 am
Lam worked with Greg Inglis in the Australia squad
Lam worked with Greg Inglis in the Australia squad

Warrington shocked the rugby league world when they lured Inglis out of retirement.

Now, two years after his last game, the 34-year-old is set to take to the pitch again to make his Wolves debut against Hull KR today.

As well as being Wigan coach, Lam is the assistant to the Australia national side and has worked with centre Inglis – a 34-cap veteran – in the Kangaroos camp.

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“He’ll be a sensation here once he’s fit, and I’m looking forward to seeing him play,” said Lam.

“When we talk about attacking rugby, there’s none better. He’s a good guy, very popular with the players, he’ll certainly lead the way when he plays for them.”

A former Queensland captain, Lam has also marveled at his performances for the Maroons in State of Origin, as well as for NRL clubs Melbourne and Souths.

“He’s a beast of a player,” said Lam. “What he gave to Queensland and his clubs will remain in my mind. He’ll certainly bring something to the Warrington team, he’s a great leader.”

Hull KR coach Tony Smith is hoping Inglis runs out of steam in his long-awaited comeback match.

"I've rarely seen a better rugby league player in my existence," said former Warrington coach Smith. "Whether he can get back to some of those levels, let's just hope it's not this week.

"I hope he runs out of steam. It's up to us, how good he is will depend on how good we are as well.

"We need to take things into our own hands and certainly not sit back and admire what he's able to do and what he's capable of doing.

"We're certainly not going to overly focus on Greg."

Rovers, who finished bottom last year, go into this game in a rich vein of form.

Smith will be hoping to complete a notable hat-trick of wins over his old clubs after overseeing the defeat of Huddersfield and Leeds in the last two weeks.

"We want to continue to improve, whether we win or not," said Smith, who guided the Wolves to two Challenge Cup triumphs in his nine years at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. "We've been good at that so far.

"It will be a good test for us. Warrington have found some form in the last couple of weeks. They can be ruthless at times so we certainly need to be at our best."

The match will test brotherly love, with Warrington centre Toby King set to go up against older sibling George, the Hull KR front rower.

"Both the King boys are really talented players and in really good form," said Smith, who signed both players for the Wolves.

"I think George is playing as good as any person in his position at this moment. I might be a little biased but he's doing a great job for us."

Inglis is set to take the place of his fellow countryman Jake Mamo while Price must decide whether to recall stand-off Blake Austin after leaving him out of the side for the trip to Catalans Dragons a week ago.