BLUES IN REVIEW | David Klemmer

One of Queensland's no.1 enemies was at his fiery best again this year, doing his best to both antagonise the opposition and break apart their defence.

David Klemmer, who remains one of the best regular interchange forwards in Rugby League, was heavily relied upon to provide spark in his stints off the bench - a task he again took to with enthusiasm. As he began to transition to the unfamiliar role of lock for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Klemmer was comfortable as he ran alongside two other props at times, continuing to do what he does best.

Some good performances for the Bulldogs earned Klemmer another Origin call-up and he responded with a dominant 35 minutes in the series opener - his brutal hit on Michael Morgan, in particular, was a State of Origin moment that many fans will recall for some time. Game II saw him run a lowly 64 metres, but the series finale was his best yet, with 103 metres and 24 tackles to show for a slightly extended stint on the field.

Whether Klemmer continues starting at lock in the NRL - and how that affects his game - remains to be seen, but there is little doubt about his damaging potential when the 22-year-old is at his best.


David Klemmer

Origins: 6
2016 Matches: 3
 (Games I, II and III)
Decoys: 16
Restart Returns: 21 metres
Hit Ups: 27

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