Sport Blues coach Brad Fittler expects Newcastle Knights star Kalyn Ponga to be picked for State of Origin

03:55  16 april  2018
03:55  16 april  2018 Source:   Sporting News

Ponga enters Maroons Origin consideration

  Ponga enters Maroons Origin consideration Newcastle fullback Kalyn Ponga has entered Queensland State of Origin contention after starring in Saturday's 15-10 NRL win over Brisbane. Boom fullback Kalyn Ponga says he is ready for the cauldron of State of Origin football with the Newcastle fullback increasingly being spoken about as a Queensland debutant this year.The 20-year-old starred in the Knights' 15-10 NRL win over Brisbane on Saturday, with Mitchell Pearce describing his teammate as the most gifted young footballer he's ever seen.

Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown says he owes the Sydney Roosters a debt of gratitude for the recruits behind his red and blue rebuild. In another not so different rugby league world, Kalyn Ponga could well have been among them.

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NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler says the skills of Kalyn Ponga makes him a "nightmare" defensively and admits he is worried about going up against him during State of Origin.

Billy Slater, if fit, should be playing fullback for the Maroons during game one of Origin at the MCG on Wednesday, June 6.

The 34-year-old Storm veteran has made 29 appearances for Queensland since 2004, and the Maroons are a different outfit when he wears the number one jersey.

But, Ponga has starred for Newcastle in what has been an inconsistent start to the season for the Novocastrians, and now QLD coach Kevin Walters has to decide whether to pick the 20-year-old elsewhere.

Knights' Ponga ready for Origin: Brown

  Knights' Ponga ready for Origin: Brown Newcastle coach Nathan Brown believes Kalyn Ponga's fitness and endurance will hold him in good stead if he makes his State of Origin debut this year. The calls for the 20-year-old to be picked in Queensland's squad are growing louder despite him playing only 15 NRL games.Ponga has been a revelation since his high-profile switch to the Knights from North Queensland, exhibiting the talent that made him so highly sought after.NSW coach Brad Fittler is expecting Ponga to be selected by Maroons coach Kevin Walters, likely in a bench role for the series opener at the MCG on June 6.

Heaviest & Lightest NRL Players. State of Origin . Tipping. North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green has confirmed that talented teenager Kalyn Ponga has signed with the Newcastle Knights . Jacko got the Brad Fittler medal this season which is best player for NSW so I guess it’s not just

A couple of Queensland State of Origin legends have backed young Knights star Kalyn Ponga to dominate in the Maroons number one jersey once the time comes. Not only did the 19-year-old score a superb try inside the first five minutes against the Sea Eagles in round one

Queensland and Australian skipper Cameron Smith said age doesn't matter and Ponga would be fine if selected.

“I got an opportunity to play State of Origin after 14 first-grade games, so if he’s (Ponga) playing well enough and he’s the best person to play a role in the Queensland State of Origin team then I can’t see why you wouldn’t select him," Smith said.

Fittler was confident that Walters would pick the youngster.

“Oh, he’d be a nightmare because you just don’t know,” Fittler told said on Sports Sunday.

"They’ll play him off the bench for sure.

“He’d come on and cover anywhere in the backline. He could cover the halves, he covers fullback. Obviously, he could play wing.

“But he looks like a nightmare to tackle.

Ponga has broken the most tackles in the NRL of in 2018 with 48, eight more than the second-placed Dylan Edwards.

Slater and Ponga went head to head in round six, however, it was the elder statesman who left AAMI Park victorious as the hosts ran away 40-14 winners.

I'd do anything for NSW: Peachey .
Penrith's Tyrone Peachey says he will play anywhere on the field if it means earning a NSW State of Origin jumper.Prop may be the only position the Penrith Panther hasn't played in, but such is his desire to play State of Origin this year.

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