The Courier-Mail

Klem­mer vows to maul op­po­si­tion in charge to fi­nals

- CHRIS­TIAN NICOLUSSI

DAVID Klem­mer was ac­cused of show­ing Queens­land zero re­spect – now he is treat­ing op­po­si­tion de­fences with sim­i­lar dis­dain.

Coach Des Hasler only let his gi­ant Dog off the leash for 45 min­utes last week against Bris­bane and watched him rack up an amaz­ing 202m from just 19 runs.

And if Klem­mer gets into a sim­i­lar mood against wooden spoon can­di­dates Gold Coast on Sun­day, it could go a long way to kick­start­ing a sim­i­lar charge to the fi­nals that pro­pelled Can­ter­bury all the way to last year’s grand fi­nal.

The Bull­dogs are cling­ing on to eighth place and have Manly breath­ing down their neck. They have South Syd­ney await­ing them next week­end.

Can­ter­bury’s pack fea­tures plenty of top-class props like James Graham and Ai­den Tol- man, but it’s 21-year-old Klem­mer who con­tin­ues to worry the life out of ri­vals.

He av­er­ages more me­tres than any of the Can­ter­bury big men. Since Ori­gin, the tow­er­ing for­ward has had a tar­get on his back. Like his Blues’ buddy Aaron Woods, Klem­mer has taken his game to another level this year.

His potty-mouthed re­sponse to Queens­land’s Corey Parker dur­ing heated scenes in Ori­gin II made him an in­stant favourite with most footy fans liv­ing south of the bor­der.

Klem­mer, who wel­comed a sec­ond son into the world last week, said his fo­cus had re­mained on try­ing to get the bet­ter of his op­po­site each week.

“I took a lot out of that (Ori­gin) se­ries, I took a lot of con­fi­dence out of it,’’ Klem­mer said yesterday.

“I’ve taken a lot of it back to the club, and just try­ing to lift the in­ten­sity around the club.

“We want to come home strong. We don’t want to go out first week (of fi­nals) and think, ‘What could have been’.

“We’ve got a qual­ity pack, and once we reach our po­ten­tial it will be scary. The next cou­ple of weeks we’ve got to try and reach that.’’

Klem­mer said a key fac­tor for the turn­around against the Bron­cos was hav­ing more football, and earn­ing re­peat sets.

 ??  ?? ON A MIS­SION: David Klem­mer packs power.
ON A MIS­SION: David Klem­mer packs power.

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