North Queensland and New Zealand forward Jason Taumalolo will be a big threat to the Kangaroos.
North Queensland and New Zealand forward Jason Taumalolo will be a big threat to the Kangaroos. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Scott wary of Cowboys teammate Taumalolo

RUGBY LEAGUE: Veteran Kangaroos forward Matt Scott says Cowboys teammate Jason Taumalolo looms as a big danger in Saturday night's Test in Perth.

The Queensland Origin prop said Taumalolo, who shared the Dally M Medal this season with Cooper Cronk, was part of a New Zealand forward pack he called the best the Kiwis have put together.

Scott said the big forward would be hard to stop, adding: "I did try and ask for a gentleman's agreement (not to run at me) before we left, I don't know how successful that was.

"Big Jase had a tremendous year and he is one of many in the Kiwis side we are going to have to try and deal with.

"It will be a big team effort to contain these blokes and Jase is certainly an X-factor.”

The first-ever Test match at nib Stadium will be Scott's 19th for Australia.

He said the Kiwi pack, which featured NRL stars such as Jesse Bromwich, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jason Taumalolo and Martin Taupau, was one of the best in the world.

"Their forward pack is probably the best we have ever seen in the Kiwis jersey,” Scott said.

"It is incredible the amount of big guys they have got that are in tremendous form at the moment.

"I think momentum is going to be the key for us.

"If we can limit the amount of quick play-the-balls and momentum they get - particularly through their back five, who I think are extremely underrated, probably because of the forward pack they have got - if we can stop their back-five momentum it just means that guys like Jase and big Jesse Bromwich aren't coming off the back fence and are getting us one on one.”

Australia coach Mal Meninga says Manly's Jake Trbojevic will not let the side down after calling the back-rower into the squad for the Four Nations tournament in England starting later this month for the injured Josh Papalii.

Canberra forward Papalii has an ankle injury and was ruled out of the tournament.

"Jake will give us size and intimidation,” Meninga said of the 22-year-old, who has yet to win a cap for his country.

"It is always disappointing to lose a player of Josh's calibre but this will be a wonderful opportunity for Jake and I'm excited to see what he can do in the green and gold jersey.”

Australia starts the Four Nations on October 28 in Hull with a game against Scotland.



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