Maroons nice calls on Ponga to alter strategy

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Former Queensland and Newcastle Knights fullback Robbie O’Davis believes Kalyn Ponga should change his strategy to coaching if he needs to keep away from probably career-threatening harm to his physique sooner or later.

Talking on The Voluntary Deal with NRL Podcast, O’Davis expressed issues that Ponga’s physique could not have the ability to cope together with his flamboyant operating type except he makes some critical modifications to his focus at coaching.

“He has a large energy base and to maneuver laterally the best way he does on the similar pace he does ahead means one thing’s going to present,” O’Davis cautioned.

“The Benji Marshalls and the Shaun Johnsons, they’re little guys with large steps, Kalyn is a big-arse child who’s bought a large energy base… I simply actually assume he’s going to finish up with some actually unhealthy ankle harm or calf harm”.

Ponga picked up a calf harm throughout Queensland’s loss to New South Wales in Recreation 2 of State of Origin in Perth, forcing him out of the massive decider in Sydney this week.

The Knights fullback has additionally been inclined to ankle and calf accidents over the past 12 months, a degree O’Davis believes can solely be remedied with a power regime to swimsuit his uncommon physique body.

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“I believe he doesn’t work an excessive amount of with weights across the leg space as a result of he has that energy base already… or the opposite means round and he is aware of that it’s a large energy base for him and it’s the place he must go, he may be overworking that space and if that occurs he can get stress within the decrease again after which accidents are going to occur down under,” O’Davis mentioned.

“Ninety-nine per cent of accidents are brought on by stress and if he’s carrying stress in his physique wherever he’s simply going to get these injures down low and the strain is on him as comparable to younger child to win these Origin matches after which come again and win for his membership, what’s extra irritating than that for a younger child.”


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