The Indigenous All Stars have beaten the NRL All Stars 20-6 in front of 23,177 fans at CBus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.
St George Illawarra Dragons prop George Rose took home the Preston Campbell medal as man of the match on a night where just two tries were scored in the first hour of play.
After a scoreless opening quarter, it took until the 29th minute for first points to be scored and it was Matt Moylan who set up Dylan Walker out wide, the try converted by Jarrod Croker for a 6-0 lead. NRL All Stars prop James Graham dropped a Kieran Foran pass from the ensuing kick-off but his side held on and led 6-0 at half time.
In 49th minute Walker went close to scoring his second, however a piece of Tyrone Roberts magic set up the Indigenous All Stars’ opening try a minute later. On the far right side of the field, Roberts kicked back in-field and fullback Greg Inglis pounced for a wonderful try. Thurston converted to tie it up at 6-all with half an hour to play.
The two sides entered the final quarter all locked up with just one try apiece but there had been plenty of close calls for both teams.
In the 65th minute, Will Chambers ran onto a superb Thurston pass and strolled over untouched. Thurston converted to make it 12-6 and 10 minutes later he kicked a vital penalty goal to put his side more than a converted try in front.
A converted try to Chris Grevsmuhl in the 79th minute rounded out the scoring as the Indigenous All Stars ran out comfortable winners.
Indigenous All Stars 20 (Inglis,Chambers, Grevsmuhl tries; Thurston 4 goals) defeated NRL All Stars 6 (Walker try, Croker goal) at CBus Super Stadium.
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