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No cape but Folau is a super hero

By Wayne Heming 06/07/2010 05:31:36 PM Comments (0)

He is not faster than a speeding bullet or able to leap tall buildings in a single bound but Israel Folau is definitely a try-scoring super hero to Queensland fans and punters expecting him leave Origin with a bang at ANZ Stadium.

"Air" Folau has flown under the Origin radar in the build-up to what could be his last State of Origin on Wednesday night.

The high-flying Queensland winger though is keyed up to leave his mark on rugby league before trying to make his mark in AFL over the next four years.

The unassuming 21-year-old Mormon with the Jordan-like vertical leap wants to make his possibly last-ever Origin something special for fans to remember just in case he doesn't make it back for a Maroon encore.

Folau has played seven Origins and scored seven tries.

It's a stunning strike rate and one that would have obliterated Queensland's record of 12 by Dale "Rowdy" Shearer whose brilliant speed and evasiveness earned him 12 tries from 26 games during the 80s and 90s.

There's little doubt had Folau remained in rugby league, he'd have broken Allan Langer's record of 34 Origins which will come under threat next year should skipper Darren Lockyer go around one last time.

Folau had the potential to play 40 Origins if he stayed fit for another 10 years.

In his first Origin series for Queensland in 2008 the 194cm giant achieved the rare feat of scoring a try in each of the three games.

In just a few NRL seasons, he'd become a meal ticket for punters, costing bookmakers across the country a small fortune with his uncanny ability to score the first try for Brisbane, Queensland and Australia.

Folau is $7.50 to get across the try line first on Wednesday night with Queensland firming on game eve from $1.55 into $1.47 and NSW the $2.70 underdogs.

Queensland coach Mal Meninga said the players would not use Folau's last game as motivation to pull off their first series clean sweep since 1995.

"I don't think we need that sort of motivation," said Meninga shortly after the Queenslanders arrived in Sydney on Tuesday morning.

"It would be fantastic if we could send Izzy out on a high note and win the series three-nil but what's more important is that we play our best football on Wednesday night.

"Whether that's good enough remains to be seen."

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