Queensland star Kalyn Ponga is adamant he shall be match for State of Origin III regardless of being struck down with a calf damage.
The 21-year-old was dominated out of Saturday’s NRL match for Newcastle in opposition to Brisbane lower than 48 hours earlier than coach Kevin Walters’ announcement of his aspect for the July 10 decider in Sydney.
Ponga was handled for a calf damage throughout Origin II camp and picked up a corked thigh throughout Queensland’s 38-6 drubbing by the Blues in Perth.
He went to mattress on Friday believing he would tackle the Broncos at McDonald Jones Stadium however was a late withdrawal.
“I don’t assume I’m unsure, in no way,” Ponga advised Fox Sports activities.
“I’ll be candy. It simply pulled up fairly sore after (Origin II).
“However I had a cork that I used to be specializing in extra. Due to the cork, I wasn’t utilizing that leg a lot after which the calf has come via.”
Regardless of his insistence that he shall be match, Ponga will endure scans on Sunday.
If he was to be dominated out, it might go away the Maroons’ No.1 shares paper skinny and convey Moses Mbye and Anthony Milford into competition, whereas Walters may additionally toy with the thought of transferring Michael Morgan or Cameron Munster to fullback.
“We had been monitoring all of it week and, even final evening, I went to mattress considering I used to be taking part in at present,” Ponga stated.
“We had a take a look at it this morning – it wasn’t nearly as good as we had hoped it might be. I’ll get scans, hopefully tomorrow, and we’ll go from there.”