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Monday, 8 July 2019

Gus' warning over Maroons Origin timebomb


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Corey Norman's State of Origin debut in the decider will either be a triumph or a disaster, legendary NSW coach Phil Gould has predicted.

Norman has been selected as Queensland five-eighth, with Cameron Munster moving to fullback to cover injured superstar Kalyn Ponga.

The Dragons No.6 has long been touted as an Origin-calibre talent and will get his opportunity in the biggest game of all come Wednesday night. Gould told Wide World of Sports there'd be no middle ground with his performance.

"It can go two ways for Corey. It'll be really, really good, or really, really bad," Gould said on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast, speaking with James Bracey.

"NSW need to make it really bad. They need to put a lot of pressure on him.

"He's the sort of player who has got a freakish sense about him. He's not inhibited. He's a player that will not die wondering, he will chance his hand at different times.

"You only need a grubber kick to sit up in front of the right bloke, or a chip kick, or a flick pass, or a step and a hop. He can trouble you.

"Depending on the quality of that playing surface tomorrow night - if it's wet and dewy, it's normally slippery out there - if points are at a premium, he can create points. He can produce a couple of tries out of nothing and that makes him someone that's got o be reckoned with."

Gould said that NSW's kicking game and defence would be crucial in keeping Norman quiet.

"Of course, the best way to defend all of this is to keep them at their own end of the field. That takes the Normans and the Munsters and the Cherry-Evans out of play," Gould said.

"But if Queensland get their share of the possession at the NSW end of the field, they've got the creativity to put some points on; which they showed in the second half of game on up in Brisbane."

Norman will partner Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves, facing off against James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce for NSW.

Corey Norman's State of Origin debut in the decider will either be a triumph or a disaster, legendary NSW coach Phil Gould has predicted.

Norman has been selected as Queensland five-eighth, with Cameron Munster moving to fullback to cover injured superstar Kalyn Ponga.

The Dragons No.6 has long been touted as an Origin-calibre talent and will get his opportunity in the biggest game of all come Wednesday night. Gould told Wide World of Sports there'd be no middle ground with his performance.

"It can go two ways for Corey. It'll be really, really good, or really, really bad," Gould said on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast, speaking with James Bracey.

"NSW need to make it really bad. They need to put a lot of pressure on him.

"He's the sort of player who has got a freakish sense about him. He's not inhibited. He's a player that will not die wondering, he will chance his hand at different times.

"You only need a grubber kick to sit up in front of the right bloke, or a chip kick, or a flick pass, or a step and a hop. He can trouble you.

"Depending on the quality of that playing surface tomorrow night - if it's wet and dewy, it's normally slippery out there - if points are at a premium, he can create points. He can produce a couple of tries out of nothing and that makes him someone that's got o be reckoned with."

Gould said that NSW's kicking game and defence would be crucial in keeping Norman quiet.

"Of course, the best way to defend all of this is to keep them at their own end of the field. That takes the Normans and the Munsters and the Cherry-Evans out of play," Gould said.

"But if Queensland get their share of the possession at the NSW end of the field, they've got the creativity to put some points on; which they showed in the second half of game on up in Brisbane."

Norman will partner Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans in the halves, facing off against James Maloney and Mitchell Pearce for NSW.

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