Infotainment Factory: NSW set to spring latest Origin line-up switch

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Monday, 8 July 2019

NSW set to spring latest Origin line-up switch


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Legendary NSW coach Phil Gould has backed David Klemmer's touted return to the starting front-row for Origin III.

Klemmer was a powerhouse for NSW in Origin I, dominating the start of the game. After missing Origin II with a broken wrist, he was only selected for the decider after Tariq Sims was suspended.

Yet the Knights superstar has now been tipped to start at prop alongside Newcastle teammate Daniel Saifiti, who made a strong debut in game two.

Klemmer would replace Paul Vaughan, who impressed NSW coach Brad Fittler with his efforts off the bench in Origin II. Vaughan was replaced in the starting side by lock Dale Finucane in Perth, with Jake Trbojevic moving into the front-row.

Gould told Wide World of Sports that Klemmer was best suited to starting.

"It's hard to imagine Klemmer being any better off the bench than he would be starting," Gould said on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast.

"It wouldn't surprise me if they make a change, it wouldn't surprise me if they don't. I haven't got the answer, I don't know the answer. But I know that Brad Fittler was really impressed with the impact Paul Vaughan made coming off the bench [in game two].

"Some players are really good at that; they can sit on the bench and wait for their turn and go. Some players have got to be out there from the start. Klemmer might be one of those that has to start."

Yet Blues great Peter Sterling wondered if Fittler would stick with his Origin II formula. That would leave Klemmer and Vaughan on the bench, giving NSW awesome strike-power to bring on midway through the first half.

"I'm confident that it won't be the side that has been named to start," Sterling told Wide World of Sports.

"I think Jake Trbojevic will be pushed up, still as a middle forward, but up into the front-row. That will bring Finucane in.

"And then it's a choice between Daniel Saifiti or David Klemmer. I've got a feeling that Freddy will go the same way again [as] in Perth: stay with Saifiti.

"I know that in that game he was only looking for about 15 minutes [from Saifiti] to start the game, and then maybe a further 10 somewhere during the contest; but things were going so well and Daniel was going so well, that he was out there for the first 25.

"I think we will see Klemmer and Paul Vaughan come off the bench."

Legendary NSW coach Phil Gould has backed David Klemmer's touted return to the starting front-row for Origin III.

Klemmer was a powerhouse for NSW in Origin I, dominating the start of the game. After missing Origin II with a broken wrist, he was only selected for the decider after Tariq Sims was suspended.

Yet the Knights superstar has now been tipped to start at prop alongside Newcastle teammate Daniel Saifiti, who made a strong debut in game two.

Klemmer would replace Paul Vaughan, who impressed NSW coach Brad Fittler with his efforts off the bench in Origin II. Vaughan was replaced in the starting side by lock Dale Finucane in Perth, with Jake Trbojevic moving into the front-row.

Gould told Wide World of Sports that Klemmer was best suited to starting.

"It's hard to imagine Klemmer being any better off the bench than he would be starting," Gould said on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast.

"It wouldn't surprise me if they make a change, it wouldn't surprise me if they don't. I haven't got the answer, I don't know the answer. But I know that Brad Fittler was really impressed with the impact Paul Vaughan made coming off the bench [in game two].

"Some players are really good at that; they can sit on the bench and wait for their turn and go. Some players have got to be out there from the start. Klemmer might be one of those that has to start."

Yet Blues great Peter Sterling wondered if Fittler would stick with his Origin II formula. That would leave Klemmer and Vaughan on the bench, giving NSW awesome strike-power to bring on midway through the first half.

"I'm confident that it won't be the side that has been named to start," Sterling told Wide World of Sports.

"I think Jake Trbojevic will be pushed up, still as a middle forward, but up into the front-row. That will bring Finucane in.

"And then it's a choice between Daniel Saifiti or David Klemmer. I've got a feeling that Freddy will go the same way again [as] in Perth: stay with Saifiti.

"I know that in that game he was only looking for about 15 minutes [from Saifiti] to start the game, and then maybe a further 10 somewhere during the contest; but things were going so well and Daniel was going so well, that he was out there for the first 25.

"I think we will see Klemmer and Paul Vaughan come off the bench."

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