Pa­palii vows to pro­vide spark

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

QUEENS­LAND im­pact for­ward Josh Pa­palii ad­mits he was ham­pered by a knee in­jury in State of Ori­gin II but has backed him­self to ig­nite the Ma­roons’ bench in Wed­nes­day night’s se­ries de­cider in Brisbane.

Can­berra wreck­ing ball Pa­palii cut a frus­trated fig­ure de­spite Queens­land’s stir­ring 18- 16 game two win af­ter ad­mit­ting he was dom­i­nated by the gi­ant NSW pack. Pa­palii said he had been trou­bled by an on­go­ing knee is­sue but was ready to pro­vide wel­come punch off the bench in Ori­gin III at Sun­corp Sta­dium.

“Old in­juries are start­ing to come back,” Pa­palii said. “I guess it held me back in Game Two. I just had a bad game.

“Ev­ery time I was run­ning I was get­ting dom­i­nated – I have to be a bit smarter.”

Asked how he would do that, Pa­palii said: “Don’t run straight into David Klem­mer.”

Pa­palii said he had heeded public calls from for­mer Ma­roons coach Mal Meninga for the Queens­land bench to pro­vide more in Game Three.

“Per­son­ally I was a bit dis­ap­pointed with my per­for­mance,” he said. “I have to bring more en­ergy off the bench, that is my job.”

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