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Lockyer urges Dave Taylor to get stuck in

Wayne Heming 08/06/2011 05:39:06 PM Comments (0)

Queensland captain Darren Lockyer has urged richly talented prop Dave Taylor to roll up his sleeves before trying any fancy stuff in next Wednesday night's State of Origin match in Sydney.

Taylor has forced his way back into Queensland's side after two impressive NRL performances for South Sydney, carrying out coach Mal Meninga's instructions to go looking for work.

Queensland see Taylor as their X factor.

But Lockyer said teammates would prefer the 120kg destroyer get down and dirty first.

"That's what Origin's about. Very rarely do you get to put your skills on display because Origin is about toughness and being able to roll your sleeves up," Lockyer said.

Lockyer, who'll break former team mate Allan Langer's record of 34 Origin appearances in game two, rates the massively framed Taylor the most talented prop he's seen.

And that's some statement given Lockyer has been playing top flight rugby league since 1995.

"He's still developing and maturing," said Lockyer before joining teammates for a training session at Emerald's Allan McIndoe Park.

"Being able to throw a cut-out ball and chip and chase is not a priority for a prop.

"He does provide that X factor.

"While we all love to see that skill and talent he has I think he knows the priority is that he does his job on the field.

"If the game is tight and he can pull something out of the bag which he is capable of doing, that's great but his priority is to do his job for the team first."

Taylor, who hails from Blackwater, 75km from Emerald, said it was special coming back home as part of such a great Queensland side.

The South Sydney forward knows the pressure he's under after being overlooked for Origin I in Brisbane last month.

That was despite him playing all three games in 2010.

Taylor said while he'd taken advice from Meninga last month to go looking for work he wouldn't be ripping into Origin when he got called into the game.

"It's that quick you can't just run on and try and do everything at once, otherwise eight minutes into the game you're absolutely blowing and looking over your shoulder," he said.

"I have to go out and make sure I don't go too stupid and get too excited and just play my own game."

Taylor though won't be completely locking away his natural game.

"If something is on, I'll do it," he said.

"I'm not going to go out just thinking `I'm going to do that', I'm going to go out and try and play a strong game first and then the bigger might happen.

"I won't be looking to make the big plays but if the big plays come my way, I'll take them.

"That's one of the reasons why I'm here is because of my natural instincts to offload through the line or get a ball away before the line.

"It comes natural to me, I don't think about it."

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