Jason Taumalolo says his actions, not his words make him a leader as the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys powerhouse prepares to take on the Cronulla Sharks in sudden-death National Rugby League Finals action on Sunday.
JASON TAUMALOLO - SEASON STATS
Games played: 22
Run metres: 4469
Tackle breaks: 114
Taumalolo has been the team’s benchmark forward during another stellar season in the blue-and-grey, the reigning joint-Dally M Medallist regularly running for over 200m metres in an ultra-consistent 2017 NRL campaign.
And given the weight of injuries Paul Green’s men have had to deal with this year, it would be reasonable to assume that Taumalolo would be given extra leadership responsibilities.
But the quietly spoken behemoth said he's preparing to lead by example of his footy in the hope that his strong carries and all-around athletic ability help lift his teammates and push them to take their own games further.
“I’ll say a few things when needed, but it’s mainly from my actions in how I want to lead,” he said.
Taumalolo will this weekend come up against the second-best metre-eater in the competition in Sharks veteran Paul Gallen, who last week racked up an incredible 303 running metres against the Knights.
The contest will be one of a number of fascinating duels, with the battle in the outside backs also set to be an exciting one.
Sunday’s game at Allianz Stadium kicks off at 4.10pm.