‘If I have to play there again, I’m more than happy to’

Kalyn Ponga is willing to wear the No.6 this weekend if Nathan Brown asks him to do so.

After successfully partnering Mitchell Pearce in the halves against Penrith last week, the likely return of Connor Watson from injury could see another change to the spine.

While Nick Meaney played fullback over the weekend, Sunday's match with Cronulla could see Watson suit-up in the No.1 should Brown look to keep Ponga and Pearce side by side.

It's a role Ponga is willing to continue playing should his coach view it as the best fit for the team.

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"I felt like eventually or sooner or later he (Brown) was going to put me there," Ponga told Sunday Night with Matty Johns of his move to five-eighth.

"Whether it was because I wanted to or what was best for the team but I didn't mind it.

"It was alright. They (the opposition) didn't really get at me too much which meant I didn't have to make too many tackles.

"The boys around me made it easier for me. If I have to play there again, I'm more than happy to."


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Playing in his first full season of first grade, Ponga has taken the NRL by storm.

After spending the entire year at fullback for the nib Newcastle Knights, Ponga moved to the halves last week in a shift which was made to limit his running.

Having battled with a hamstring and ankle issue over the past two months, Ponga defended in the line against the Panthers but as pleased with how he handled the added defensive load.

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"I know the backrower in front of me has been told to do a bit of a job on me," he said.

"In the game (against Penrith) I thought we worked around it and nullified that.

"It's kind of good if they're worrying about me., They've got 12 other blokes to worry about as well.

"We've got pretty smart footy heads there too.

"We've had our hard games and I've been hit a few times but I'm still enjoying it (and) still learning."