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Folau's NRL heroics turn on AFL fans

By John Salvado and Jim Morton 17/06/2010 06:41:16 PM Comments (0)

Israel Folau's high-leaping heroics for Queensland in Wednesday night's State of Origin triumph have won rave reviews from his new employers.

And Brisbane spearhead Brendan Fevola believes Folau's Maroons teammate Greg Inglis would be even better placed to successfully make the switch if he follows through on interest from Essendon.

Folau - who will swap codes next season to join the AFL's Greater Western Sydney franchise in a multi-million dollar deal - scored two tries in the Maroons' 34-6 triumph.

But it was the many occasions that he jumped over the top of opposing NSW winger Brett Morris to claim high balls that most excited those associated with the AFL.

GWS coach Kevin Sheedy was unable to watch the match live from Suncorp Stadium due to a prior commitment.

"But I kept hearing how well Israel was going," Sheedy told AAP on Thursday.

"My phone and the text messages just never stopped with people asking me `just how high do you want him to jump?'

"He's a remarkable athlete and he's just taken all before him.

"And he's such a cool customer, especially with how he's dealt with all the discussion about whether or not he should still be able to play for Queensland."

Australian Rugby League boss Geoff Carr wanted Folau banned from all representative football after turning his back on rugby league, only for his Queensland counterparts to select him for Wednesday's match.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou, in Adelaide to announce a multi-million funding package for cash-strapped Port Adelaide, described Folau's performance as "exciting".

Fevola was also taken with Folau's display.

"He was taking some speccies and I think (western) Sydney would have been licking their lips last night," said Fevola.

"I went and watched and it was a good spectacle.

"... he can obviously mark the ball well. I think he used the term `catch it', but hopefully he marks it well.

"He's got two years and hopefully they can teach him to kick because he's not a good kick."

But it was barnstorming centre Inglis who most caught Fevola's eye.

The Melbourne Storm need to ditch at least one big-name player to get under the salary cap and Inglis is keen to remain in Melbourne, prompting Essendon to contact his manager to gauge his interest in joining Karmichael Hunt and Folau in the AFL.

"Greg Inglis kicked a big bomb over to (Folau) last night that went across the whole field so if he's thinking about going to Essendon I'm sure they would be keen to sign him up after that kick, it was a monster," said Fevola.

" ... (Inglis) has got the skills, he's got the kicking skills, he can obviously mark it and he's got the agility and he's got a good fitness base and his explosiveness is unbelievable and he loves the fend-off.

"You couldn't tackle him.

"He'd be a great bloke to get over from an AFL aspect and any team that was chasing someone would be chasing Greg Inglis."

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