For­wards train with Fi­fita clone

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Ma­roons have found an An­drew Fi­fita “clone” and given a glimpse of the pun­ish­ment the Blues beast can ex­pect on Wed­nes­day night.

Bron­cos un­der- 20s giant Payne Haas was yes­ter­day handed the dreaded task of pre­tend­ing to be Fi­fita in a high- in­ten­sity op­posed train­ing ses­sion at Camp Ma­roon.

Haas is just 17 years old but weighs 117kg and stands at 194cm. Fi­fita is listed at 120kg and 194cm.

Haas, who played for NSW in the un­der- 18s Ori­gin, pulled on a yel­low bib at Sanc­tu­ary Cove and ev­ery time he touched the ball the Ma­roons play­ers could be heard scream­ing, “Fi­fita!”

The Ma­roons did a good job con­tain­ing Fi­fita in Ori­gin II af­ter he tore them apart in the se­ries opener.

And his op­pos­ing front rower, Jar­rod Wal­lace, said Queens­land was de­ter­mined to limit the en­tire NSW for­ward pack.

“He ( Haas) was clone,” Wal­lace said.

“All of their for­wards re­ally, Fi­fita, ( Aaron) Woods, they’ve got a role they play.

“( David) Klem­mer comes off the bench and does the same thing. They are ag­gres­sive, big boys.

“I don’t think we’re fo­cus­ing too much on just one player. We’ve got a role to do on their whole mid­dle for­ward pack.” a Fi­fita

17- year- old Payne Haas.

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