Such was Greg Inglis’ stature in the game, the champion fullback almost always looked down on any opponent who dared to try and stop him.
And that is exactly the example Adam Doueihi plans to follow when he wears the Wests Tigers’ No.1 jumper for the first time next week.
Doueihi was being groomed as Inglis’ long-term replacement at South Sydney before the Rabbitohs controversially swooped for Latrell Mitchell in the off season.
The move resulted in Doueihi’s abrupt move to the Tigers in January, allowing him a shot at heeding the words of wisdom Inglis gave him about playing fullback at the top level.
“He was obviously great for me, just giving me little tips here and there that I personally wouldn’t even think about or think to do,” Doueihi said.
“To come from a player of Greg’s calibre, I’d be stupid not to take them on board and try and introduce them to my game.”
The 1.9m-tall Doueihi, who grew up as a playmaker, believes Inglis’ best advice came in an area the Tigers man can excel in following his positional switch.
“He had that option, if the defence was jamming into him, to throw that ball over the top because he was such a big and tall body,” Doueihi said.
“Because I see myself as a taller frame, I try to adapt that into my game.
“Little things like that, that I don’t really think about. His biggest message to me coming through at Souths was just to back myself and back my ability.”
Replicating Inglis’ power is proving a more difficult challenge for the 21-year-old Lebanon international, who played centre for the first two games of 2020 following his late arrival at the club.
The former Kangaroos skipper spent the bulk of his career listed at more than 100kg. Doueihi weighs in at 95kg, and his new teammates and coaching staff are pushing him to bulk up.
“I have (put on weight) but the boys still bag me out in the gym. I’m still the weakest at the club. I’m not real proud of that,” he said.
“It’s an area I’ve been trying to improve on.
“The gym coaches are always into me about lifting more weight, the more I can lift the better it’ll be for me.”