THE future of the NRL All Stars concept is firmly secured with Cameron Smith’s World team winning 12-8 over their Indigenous rivals in Brisbane.
The crowd of 37,339 were certainly behind the Indigenous team but Greg Inglis’ men couldn’t get the job done despite showing plenty of flair in attack.
Englishmen James Graham was awarded man of the match in the tight encounter with some big hits coming from both sides.
Gold Coast players Tyronne Roberts and Greg Bird both performed well. Roberts was a spark in the first half and despite one wayward punt, the Titans’ recruit kicked well.
He was also a handful when running at playmaker, look for other new recruit Chris McQueen taking offloads from Roberts in the upcoming NRL Season.
Bird was industrial again but there was an injury scare when he came off early in the second half with a head knock. Coach Laurie Daley later said Bird was uninjured.
The match was split into 20 minute quarters with the first quarter finishing scoreless. It took just over half an hour for the World All Stars to score the first points. The Indigenous All Stars replied moments after with a try of their own just before the end of the first half.
The 4-all half time deadlock was broken by the World All Stars who scored a converted try, followed by a penalty later in the quarter to make it 12-4.
The Indigenous team struck back with 15 minutes to go which gave them a sniff of a comeback. Despite the Indigenous All Stars best efforts 12-8 was where it stayed for the rest of the game.