Date: June 12 2012
DAVE TAYLOR has been described as a forward version of rugby league's most feared back, Greg Inglis.
Taylor makes his State of Origin run-on debut against NSW in game two tomorrow night under instructions to keep things simple despite showing an array of tricks that most three-quarters would love to have.
After talking up the skills of the hulking 122-kilogram Taylor yesterday, Queensland skipper Cameron Smith said he just needed to not overplay his hand as Sam Thaiday's replacement.
''Greg [Inglis] can do the flashy stuff but we need Dave to go out and run hard and tackle hard and be aggressive because he is the biggest person out there,'' Smith said. ''He just needs to do it a bit faster.''
Smith hasn't played against anyone as skilful for their size as the man they call ''Big Dave''. ''Probably the closest bloke you'd get to him [in size and skill] is a Greg Inglis, but he's a freak of nature,'' he said.
''For sheer size no, Dave's the biggest player I've ever come up against. He's got the athletic ability of an outside back.
''Big Dave is unbelievable. You look at him and you think he'd just catch the ball and run at whoever is in front of him. But he can throw cut-out passes, he can put grubber kicks in as we've seen for himself or his teammates, he kicks 40-20s … he can do the lot.''
Smith said Queensland had other players to do the flashy stuff and they needed Taylor to carry the ball strongly and to smash his rivals.
What if an opportunity presented itself for Taylor to pull something out of his bag of tricks? ''I think he knows Origin isn't about the flash plays or the big plays. It's about working hard for your teammate and doing your job in the team,'' Smith said.
''I think Dave knows he's got a simple job to do for the team, as we all have, and he has to get that done first the best he can.''
Queensland fly to Sydney this morning confident they can wrap up a seventh straight series.
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