The NRL All Stars inflicted revenge on their Indigenous counterparts for last year’s defeat with a 28-12 victory.
The match was an exciting but bruising encounter played in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.
Indigenous centre Beau Champion went close to scoring from Jonathan Thurston’s grubber but the All Stars continued to dominate.
Smith converted for a 10-0 advantage.
Marshall’s second successful conversion stretched his team’s lead to 22-0 before the Indigenous team hit back with their first try.
Thurston converted to peg the score back to 22-6 at half time.
Errors and fatigue began to creep into play before Nathan Merrit raised the Indigenous hopes by somehow grounding the ball under a wall of defenders.
Scott Prince’s successful conversion made the score 22-12, setting up a potentially thrilling last quarter.
Both teams tried hard to add to their score before Josh Dugan raced over from a neat Feliti Mateo pass with less than ten minutes remaining.
Kurt Gidley’s simple conversion rounded off the scoring at 28-12.