Petero expects emotional Watmough - Sports News - Fanatics - the world's biggest events

Petero expects emotional Watmough

Wayne Heming 14/06/2011 06:36:46 PM Comments (0)

Forward leader Petero Civoniceva says Queensland expect the full brunt of Anthony Watmough's emotions, including his renowned hot-headedness, in his State of Origin recall on Wednesday night.

The highly-respected Civoniceva is a fan of Watmough's ability to bust open a defence.

Like many, he believes he is also the type of player who can excel at Origin if he keeps things under control.

NSW coach Ricky Stuart has relented and lifted a ban on Watmough whose Origin papers had reportedly been stamped.

But Civoniceva said anyone who thought the fiery and aggressive Manly forward had mended his ways and would be a reformed character was kidding themselves.

"He's a dynamic player who can bring that energy and spark, and we've seen it time and time again from him," said Civoniceva who had played Test football with Watmough.

"He's a character and he'll want to answer the criticism that he's copped and I know the way he plays."

But could the fiery Watmough control those emotions in the heat of an Origin battle, not letting them spill over into ill-discipline and unnecessary aggression?

"I don't know about that. I think that's just him," Civoniceva said.

"He's a character and I guess it's his attitude that makes him the player that he is.

"That's what makes him tick and I don't think that will change too much."

Queensland will do their very best to frustrate and upset Watmough, in the hope of getting a few penalties and some cheap metres up the field.

Queensland's discipline has been an edge in their run to five straight series victories since 2006.

And self-control will be at a premium for both teams on Wednesday night with wet conditions likely to make possession and territory hugely important.

Brought to you by AAP AAP © 2022 AAP

0 Comments about this article

Post a comment about this article

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Becoming a member is free and easy, sign up here.

« All sports news