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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