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Queensland in cyclone Gallen alert

Wayne Heming 30/06/2011 06:40:04 PM Comments (0)

Queensland prop Matt Scott says Paul Gallen is a one-of-a-kind athlete and doesn't expect front row play to be reinvented as a result of the NSW captain's performance in State of Origin II.

Scott talked up Gallen's attributes as a freakish player with an amazing capacity for work, after his super human performance in Sydney, but he doesn't expect smaller, more mobile players to all of a sudden take over up front in the NRL.

Man-mountains Scott and Petero Civoniceva dominated the go-forward in Origin I but Gallen's herculean effort in the return game where NSW fielded a more mobile pack has left some asking if Queensland can handle a faster game in the decider on Wednesday night at Suncorp Stadium.

"Gal (Gallen) is a different type of player, there's not too many blokes like him running around in the comp at the moment," conceded Scott who admitted he was slightly off the pace in Origin II.

"He's got that extra level of fitness he can play 80 minutes and get through a high level of work, most front rowers don't really do that.

"He's definitely a special player and a great player for the Blues but I don't think you'll see 20 or 30 Paul Gallen's filling the front row spots for every NRL club, I just don't think that's possible."

Scott believes the Queenslanders will improve and said they can't afford to put all their energy into shutting down Gallen.

"We have to improve in the middle of the ruck but I don't think we were that poor in the second game in Sydney," he said.

"Gal's was definitely one of the best Origin performances I've seen but if you take your eye off any of the other 16 players they can definitely do some damage to you.

"I thought we handled him alright but he's one of those blokes who just keeps coming at you and it will be the same next Wednesday night."

Queensland skipper Darren Lockyer says he's also prepared for Gallen to turn in another blockbuster in the series decider.

Asked if it was beyond the realms to expect Gallen to repeat his epic 80 minute Origin II heroics, Lockyer said: "no, it wasn't a one off he does it week in and week out for the Sharks."

"Gal's their leader, he's a competitor and he's going to pull out everything he's got so we're not expecting anything less from him on Wednesday night."

While NSW coach Ricky Stuart hasn't revealed his 17-man squad yet Scott said he wouldn't be surprised to see Manly forward Glenn Stewart coming through the middle of the ruck on Wednesday night.

"I rate him really highly. If he's in there he'll be a great asset to the team but while it's a cliche, it's a matter of taking care of our own business and leaving the Blues to sort their own things out," he said.

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