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Yow Yeh ready to wow yeah

By Wayne Heming 01/02/2010 06:29:49 PM Comments (0)

Exciting young winger Jharal Yow Yeh felt teammate Justin Hodges's devastating foot injury as much as his shattered Broncos teammate.

Yow Yeh, who notched nine tries on debut last year playing outside the 27-year-old international, was deflated when Hodges snapped his Achilles during a simple training drill last month.

But less than two week's out from his appearance for the Indigenous All Stars against the Darren Lockyer-led NRL All Stars, Yow Yeh's spirits are sky high with the likelihood of his linking with young giant Israel Folau, the man most likely to fill Hodges' boots.

"I have to go out without Hodgy (Justin Hodges) .... I thought he was going to be there and he's been a big part of my game so far," Yow Yeh told AAP on Monday.

"Hopefully this will bring a bit more character out in me and see what I can do."

Rugby league fans have already seen some of what the lightning quick winger can do, his spectacular solo try last season, bamboozling Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston, has a permanent place on the highlight reel.

The prospect of the two 20 year-olds linking on Brisbane's right side is mouth-watering.

"We're pretty good mates," said Yow Yeh.

"Last year we didn't know each other as much as we do now.

"I'd say it will be like another Hodgo out there for me.

"He's the same age as me so hopefully we can play some good footy for the Broncos and win some games for them."

Yow Yeh and Folau though could oppose each other in the All Star sellout at Skilled Park on Friday week with coach Wayne Bennett expected to play Folau on the wing.

If it's not Folau, it will be 112kg Kiwi monster Manu Vatuvei trying to run over the top of him.

It should be the perfect test for his new bulked-up frame shaped during a tough pre-season under Broncos weights coach Dan Baker.

Yow Yea's style is tailor made for the All Star game with the emphasis certain to be on entertaining fans.

"The indigenous boys, we like to show off a little bit," he said with a hint of Wendell Sailor about him.

Sailor was a brash youngster when joined the Broncos from Sarina in 1993.

He maintained his reputation for talking himself up until retiring at the end of last season.

Now 35, he'll be one of Yow Yeh's teammates in a farewell appearance in the All Star game.

Yow Yeh laughed when asked if he was "like Wendell".

"Not really, but a lot of my coaches like Alfie (Allan Langer) reckon I am, but I don't think I am.

"I wouldn't mind being able to play as good footy as he did back in those days."

Yow Yeh knows he flew under the radar last season.

"Not this year," he said.

"People know how I play now so I have to step up even more and produce some new things they haven't seen yet."

Sounds like something Wendell would have said.

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