Taylor needs to ‘give more’ to prove he’s worthy of Origin call-up

TITANS big man Dave Taylor has been given another chance to prove himself in the Origin arena, but the question is; can he do it?

The ‘Coal Train’ got the call up to pack his bags and head to the Sanctuary Cove camp yesterday, after scans confirmed Corey Parker had suffered a facial fracture during Brisbane’s win on the weekend.

But, Fox Sports reports, Maroons coach Mal Meninga has admitted, Taylor hasn’t stepped up during his previous six Origin games.


“Well he hasn’t done a job for us in the past to be honest with you,” Meninga said.

“We expect a bit more out of Dave,” Meninga added.

“He has been playing really good football for his club, he gets a bit of a second sniff and hopefully he is going to grab it.”

Taylor had a black mark against his name after the 2012 Origin series and it was always going to take something monumental for the Maroons to forgive and forget.

But a combination of some more consistent club form at the Gold Coast and the enormous injury toll in the Maroons camp means Queensland had no choice but to give Taylor Coaltrain another chance.

While Meninga is believed to be favouring a four-forward bench next week, the coach still wants to gauge Taylor’s attitude in camp before he will settle on a 17-man team from his 21-man squad.