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SportQLD selector opens up about Ponga blow

15:35  30 june  2019
15:35  30 june  2019 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

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Queensland selector Darren Lockyer has tempered calls for Kalyn Ponga 's inclusion in the Maroons State of Origin squad after Wally Lewis declared it was time to pick him. Ponga 's potential selection has become one of the biggest talking points heading into the second clash in Sydney, as the Maroons

Queensland look set to rely on a makeshift fullback for the State of Origin series decider after superstar Kalyn Ponga was all but ruled out.

Maroons' fears were confirmed on Sunday by scan results on the calf injury Ponga suffered during the Origin II defeat in Perth which forced him to miss Newcastle's NRL win over Brisbane on Saturday.

"The scans showed he (Ponga) has suffered a strain....He is expected to miss the next two weeks," said the Knights in a statement.

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Queensland selector Darren Lockyer said on Channel Nine's pre-game show before Sunday's Bulldogs v Sharks clash that Ponga was certainly in doubt for Game 3.

"The Newcastle advice is he's out for two weeks ," Lockyer said on Nine.

"I think we'll get more information tonight and go from there really. At this stage it's unlikely Kalyn will be there .

"If there's an injury cloud over his calf he probably won't be able to train...so at this stage I think Kalyn won't be there "

QLD selector opens up about Ponga blow © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Queensland selector Billy Slater has run through the options if superstar fullback Kalyn Ponga is ruled out of Origin III. NSW assistant coach Andrew Johns was also asked about Ponga's injury and the difficult situation Queensland's selectors are in.

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"It's a really tough one. Because if he goes in with a soft tissue injury and in the first five minutes he tears his calf then it stuffs your interchange up," Johns said.

"It'd be devastating. It's a huge loss. You can't replace him, as we all know he's an absolute superstar."

With game three at ANZ Stadium looming in 10 days time, it remains to be seen whether Maroons coach Kevin Walters will name Ponga in his squad on Monday in the hope he recovers in time to play.

His likely absence would be a major blow for a Queensland side still reeling from their belting by the Blues in Perth, which set up the blockbuster decider.

Ponga was arguably Queensland's best in their game one triumph at Suncorp Stadium but was kept quiet in their game two defeat.

Maroons centre Michael Morgan is expected to lead a number of candidates to play at fullback should Ponga be ruled out.

Shifting Cameron Munster from five-eighth is another option, as is promoting utility Moses Mbye from the bench.

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Both options would have ramifications for the rest of their backline, with Mbye, Kyle Feldt and Corey Norman among the possible replacements.

Brisbane's Anthony Milford, who returned to fullback in Saturday's loss to Newcastle, is another who can be brought in from outside the squad.

Each alternative would be something of a risk for Walters, with Morgan and Mbye the only others to have started at fullback in the NRL this year.

Morgan has twice worn the No.1 for North Queensland, while Mbye started nine games at the back for the Wests Tigers before switching to the centres.

Front-rower Jarrod Wallace is widely tipped to be axed and be replaced by Brisbane's Joe Ofahengaue after his return from injury this week.

Speaking before the Ponga news, skipper Daly Cherry-Evans embraced the challenge of bouncing back and lifting the shield in enemy territory.

"I'm certainly super excited about what lies ahead for Queensland. We're playing in the decider, it's bloody exciting," Cherry-Evans said.

"I can't wait for it."

History suggests Cherry-Evans is right to be excited about the Maroons' chances.

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Ponga in as Queensland name Origin II squad. Maroons selectors have kept their nerve with the inclusion of 20-year-old prodigy Kalyn Ponga on the bench Origin II to If he misses, Walters is likely to move Josh Papalii into the starting front row, with Josh McGuire moving up from lock and Jai Arrow

There have been six Origin game three deciders played in Sydney with the Maroons winning three and NSW two.

An 18-all draw in 2002 was as good as a victory for the Queensland, who walked away with the Origin shield by virtue of being the defending champions.

LIKELY QUEENSLAND TEAM: 1. Michael Morgan, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Will Chambers, 5. Kyle Feldt, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (capt), 8. Dylan Napa, 9. Ben Hunt, 10. Josh Papalii, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Josh McGuire. Bench: 14. Moses Mbye, 15. Joe Ofahengaue, 16. David Fifita, 17. Tim Glasby.

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