Jensen faces Burgess boys

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

HE has a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the strong­est play­ers on the Cow­boys ros­ter, but young prop Corey Jensen knows he’ll have to mus­cle up to match it with Souths su­per­star Sam Burgess in Cairns this week­end.

North Queens­land’s for­ward depth is set to be tested on a hot Sun­day af­ter­noon at Bar­low Park with Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess both back­ing up from Ori­gin, leav­ing it to play­ers like Jensen to pro­vide more im­pact off the bench.

It presents a golden op­por­tu­nity for Souths to am­bush the Cow­boys with no play­ers in­volved in the in­ter­state show­down and an al­ready im­pos­ing for­ward pack led by the English- born sib­lings Sam, Tom, and Ge­orge Burgess.

Jensen gives away about 10cm and 10kg to the Burgess broth­ers, but the Cow­boys tyro said he was ready to rip in against the pack which he con­sid­ers the NRL’s bench­mark.

“It’s go­ing to be a mas­sive test. I had a chance to play a few of them in the Nines, and al­though it was a different con­cept, they’re still the same- sized play­ers,” he said.

“I think Ge­orge played over there and they’re mas­sive hu­mans. For a young guy like me, it’ll def­i­nitely be a huge test to come up against some of the bench­mark for­wards in the comp.”

Souths cap­tain Sam Burgess leads the way for run me­tres, tack­les, and off­loads in what has been an in­con­sis­tent sea­son for the Bun­nies and looks to be the man to ig­nite their flick­er­ing fi­nals hopes.

It’s as sim­ple as when the big English for­ward fires so do the Rab­bitohs and Jensen said it was cru­cial the Cow­boys don’t give Burgess the chance to build any mo­men­tum.

“Sam’s a mas­sive part of their team. You watch him week- in, week- out and if he’s on then the Rab­bitohs are on,” Jensen said.

“I think you’ve just got to get up on them fast. You can’t let them get too much mo­men­tum. They’re big lads so the more speed they get, the harder they are to stop.

“Line speed’s go­ing to be a mas­sive pri­or­ity for us and to get up and shut them down and play quick around them be­cause as big­ger guys, they might not be able to move as well.

“One of our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will be stop­ping his ( Sam’s) go for­ward and tar­get­ing him more in de­fence, but in say­ing that we’ve just got to con­cen­trate on us.

“We know if we get our game right then the rest will take care of it­self.”

Jensen will have fresh legs for the Rab­bitohs clash af­ter last week­end’s bye and he said the break was just what the Cow­boys needed as they tar­get a top- four fin­ish.

“I ac­tu­ally went back to Bowen for a cou­ple of days and did a bit of fish­ing and saw my folks. I hadn’t seen them for a while so it was nice,” Jensen said.

“It was good phys­i­cally and men­tally to have a bit of a break, but we’re back into train­ing now for the rest of the year so we’ve got to start rip­ping in.”

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