Cronk to get GI pump­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TODD BALYM

COOPER Cronk plans to get Greg Inglis “as­sert­ing him­self” into the game for the Ori­gin de­cider while de­vel­op­ing a more cre­ative at­tack with Johnathan Thurston.

If any­thing should strike fear into the heart of the Blues it’s the fact that Cronk has re­turned to Queens­land with a clear plan of how he wants to take ad­van­tage of the Ma­roons’ big­gest strike weapons.

With Billy Slater out with a shoul­der in­jury, Cronk has had to re­con­sider how the Ma­roons will at­tack and it’s likely to open the door for Inglis and Thurston to be­come even greater threats.

Cronk and Slater’s part­ner­ship was a ma­jor in­flu­ence in how the Ma­roons played in at­tack, but it is a to­tally dif­fer­ent dy­namic with Inglis, sim­ply be­cause Cronk al­ways ad­justs his game to the strengths of oth­ers.

This means Cronk and Thurston are go­ing to work more to­gether and try to open some space up for Inglis to use his best as­sets.

“Greg’s great­est strength is his phys­i­cal pres­ence, so let’s get the ball in his hands – let’s get him as­sert­ing him­self in the game, through the mid­dle of the field, push­ing up and off­loads,” Cronk said.

“Bill’s great­est strength ( was) us­ing his speed out the back to cre­ate ex­tra num­bers.

“He’s ( Inglis) done it be­fore so Johnathan and I will take a bit more of a cre­ative as­pect with our struc­tures in at­tack, hope­fully pass the ball to one another a bit more and let GI just roam.”

In yes­ter­day’s op­posed train­ing ses­sion Cronk and Thurston both had con­trol of the team, with Inglis, Dar­ius Boyd and Michael Mor­gan each spend­ing time in key po­si­tions.

But when push comes to shove it will be Cronk and hooker Cameron Smith in con­trol, their re­la­tion­ship cru­cial in big mo­ments.

“It def­i­nitely helps in the mo­ments, par­tic­u­larly in the big games, when you don’t re­ally have to com­mu­ni­cate,” Cronk said.

“It’s just a re­ac­tion, the body lan­guage, that I’m go­ing to do this or that.”

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