Cooper Cronk
Cooper Cronk

Cronk tips little change to game plan

COOPER Cronk has predicted the all-conquering Maroons would not miss a beat despite the loss of his right-side partner in crime Sam Thaiday.

Thaiday last week succumbed to a shoulder injury and will be replaced by the equally dangerous yet distinct Dave Taylor in the No.12 jersey for Origin II.

Taylor has been a member of the squad since 2010 and Cronk said his transition into the starting side would be a smooth process.

While Thaiday is known for his strong work rate and Taylor is mostly seen as an impact player, Cronk said the swap would have little affect on the side's game plan.

"It's not as if Dave hasn't been around camp for the last two or three years," Cronk said at Coolum yesterday.

"We've done our work as far as combinations around the edges, he (Taylor) has played game one and he's played plenty of other games as well.

"Even though Sam plays more game time, Dave's always been here. He knows the ins and out. He's going to get a great opportunity to have an impact."

Cronk said he was also expecting a bounce back from his opposite number Todd Carney in game two after the Cronulla No.7 turned in an ordinary performance in his Origin debut.

NSW prop James Tamou yesterday made the unusual admission Carney had had been a nervous wreck before game one.

However, Cronk described Carney as a player in form and expected him to be back to his best in Sydney on Wednesday.

"I think every player is expecting to play well," he said.

"Unfortunately there's another side on the other side of the paddock that doesn't allow you to do that.

"He's a great player and playing really good football at the moment for Cronulla. He'll do his best and the team around him will let him showcase his skills.

"With these games it's not about shutting someone down, it's about limiting their impact."

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