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SportQueensland facing Ponga Origin disaster

07:15  30 june  2019
07:15  30 june  2019 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

Smith admits Qld Maroon Ponga scares him

Smith admits Qld Maroon Ponga scares him Ex-Queensland captain Cameron Smith admits he gets nervous when he plays Kalyn Ponga but says it augers well for the Maroons in State of Origin II.

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Queensland facing Ponga Origin disaster© AAP Kalyn Ponga during Origin II. Newcastle and Queensland superstar Kalyn Ponga has a two-week calf injury, meaning he's racing the clock for next week's State of Origin decider.

The brilliant fullback had scans on Sunday morning, which detected a calf strain that Ponga picked up during Origin II duty. "He is expected to miss the next two weeks," a Knights statement said.

Origin III is 10 days away, meaning the Maroons No.1 is in genuine doubt. Even if he manages to be passed fit, it seems that his preparation would be compromised.

"A week and a half?" legendary Queensland fullback Billy Slater said on the Sunday Footy Show, when told of the two week prognosis.

Ponga's curious post-game Trbojevic reaction

Ponga's curious post-game Trbojevic reaction Kalyn Ponga had a telling post-game interview following Game 2 of State of Origin, refusing to name Blues standout Tom Trbojevic.

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Kalyn Ponga has arrived now the Maroons must find a way to use the Newcastle whizkid after he was named in the Queensland squad for Origin II in Sydney on Sunday. Billy Slater (hamstring) has assured Maroons coach Kevin Walters he will be fit, meaning the Queensland coaching staff must

"He'll have to get up there drinking that Queensland water, he'll be right. A couple of bananas, he'll be right!

"It's certainly a concern. If it looks like two weeks, well the State of Origin's in a week and a half and he's an integral part of what Queensland need to do in game three. It is concerning."

NSW coach Brad Fittler added: "I reckon he might just beat that [two weeks] by three days."

Five-eighth Cameron Munster could potentially shift to fullback if Ponga is ruled out, though Maroons coach Kevin Walters would be loathe to alter his halves combination.

Seasoned Maroon Michael Morgan is playing out of position in the centres and could switch to No.1, where he's played with distinction for the Cowboys.

Anthony Milford played fullback for Brisbane on Saturday night, showing some signs of form. Corey Norman was a shadow player for Origin II, but has been playing in the halves for the Dragons.

Ponga is an irreplaceable player for Queensland in such a monumental game, having shown that his game-breaking NRL abilities translate beautifully at Origin level.

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