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Sandow draws praise for playmaking role

By David Beniuk 31/05/2010 07:31:29 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney halfback Chris Sandow says he is gradually taking more control of the NRL side's game after being allowed to get there at his own pace.

Sandow drew the praise of his coach John Lang after Sunday's 42-22 pummelling of Penrith for a cool-headed kick and chase try which sealed the game for the Rabbitohs.

The 21-year-old had been told before that game the time had arrived for him to start sharing the playmaking responsibilities equally with experienced five-eighth John Sutton.

"Langy wants me to take more control of the game now which is really good and he wants me to get my hands on the ball as much as I can," Sandow said.

"John (Sutton) said that's all right with him, so yeah."

It's a role the diminutive No.7 welcomes after playing second fiddle to Sutton, the sideshow to the main man.

"I felt really good yesterday with the ball in my hand," he said.

"I got the ball more often than I usually do which is really good.

"Anything for the team, I'll do anything."

He said Lang had given him the time in first grade to get to the point where he could share the playmaking duties and Sutton, a smokey for the NSW State of Origin five-eighth spot, agreed the approach was starting to pay dividends.

"His confidence is growing the more he gets control of the game and gets us around the park," Sutton said.

"He's just going to get better.

"He's just as dangerous as I am, he showed yesterday when he got the ball he set up two great tries for Rhyssy (Wesser), so if we take 50-50 of the workload I think we're going to be a better team."

Once nicknamed Aboriginal Alfie because his 173cm, 80kg frame is similar to Queensland great Allan Langer's, Sandow was invited to an emerging Maroons camp this year.

He's a long way down Queensland's State of Origin pecking order, behind Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Scott Prince, but he said the camp made him feel "welcome".

He'd also like to chew the fat with Langer.

"I wouldn't mind having a sit down and having a conversation with him and to see how he thinks I'm going," Sandow said.

"I met him a few times, he's a good bloke, he's funny, he's a legend.

"Next time I see him I'll probably ask him for some (pointers)."

One question might be how to form a premiership-winning halves combination with Sutton, something Sandow isn't sure they've achieved yet.

"We're up and down so far," he said.

"We're just trying to be consistent, back to back wins.

"I think if we get that going good, me and John will be putting the boys into the finals. We hope so.

"I feel like there's heaps to come, I feel like I've got more to show."

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