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Norman yet to prove himself: Henjak

By Wayne Heming 16/03/2010 09:08:55 PM Comments (0)

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak has cautioned fans not to expect miracles from teenage fullback Corey Norman after his sparkling NRL debut.

Norman, who pulled off three try-saving tackles and showed wonderful composure and skills to involve himself in three tries in a man-of-the-match debut, has been showered in accolades since his stunning arrival against the Cowboys last weekend.

It took the 18 year-old just 20 minutes to convince Bronco fans there was life after Karmichael Hunt and to have commentators raving about him in the 30-24 victory.

While Henjak acknowledges his talent he felt it was a little too soon to be talking of Norman in such glowing terms.

As expected Norman was named at fullback in an unchanged squad for Monday's second round clash with Canberra who handed out Brisbane's worst flogging, 56-0, in August last year.

Henjak said he hadn't sensed any change in Norman's demeanour since his headline grabbing debut.

But he didn't think it was fair to burden him by expecting him to play that way every weekend.

"He didn't surprise me but I don't want to get too carried away, he's only played one game," said Henjak on Tuesday.

"He is very talented and he has a lot of potential, but there is a long way for him to go yet.

"He's got some tricks up his sleeve, that's for sure."

Meanwhile centre Israel Folau (shoulder) and winger Antonio Winterstein (hamstring) should be right to play with a 10-day turnaround from the Cowboys game.

Henjak added chunky forward Langi Setu to his squad on Tuesday and will decide later in the week who makes the trip to Canberra.

He may adopt for a different tactic with rip-and-tear prop Mitchell Dodds after promoting the 20 year-old to his starting side against the Cowboys.

"He was running around madly trying to get into the action and he didn't know where to go next," said Henjak.

"It was a big occasion for him.

"Whether we made the right decision for him (starting him) I don't know.

"My initial thoughts were if he was on the bench he'd be getting nervous but we might re-think that and go a different way for this game."

Both the Cowboys and Titans also named unchanged squads for their round two games against Souths and Penrith at the weekend.

Prop Matt White who missed the come from behind win over the Warriors has been added to coach John Cartwright's extended five-man bench.

Cartwright has also named fullback Preston Campbell despite sustaining a bad head knock during his match-winning heroics against the Warriors.

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