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Match 2019 Round 5 Cowboys (H) v Storm - Teams & Discussion

Minto

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Round 5
Friday, April 12
7:55pm (local time)
1300SMILES Stadium


North Queensland Cowboys


1. Te Maire Martin
2. Nene Macdonald
3. Jordan Kahu
4. Enari Tuala
5. Ben Hampton
6. Jake Clifford
7. Michael Morgan (c)
8. Matthew Scott
9. Jake Granville
10. Jordan McLean
11. Gavin Cooper
12. Coen Hess
13. Josh McGuire

Interchange:
14. John Asiata
15. Corey Jensen
16. Mitchell Dunn
17. Francis Molo

Reserves:
18. Shane Wright
19. Justin O'Neill
20. Kurt Baptiste
21. Peter Hola

Coach: Paul Green

Melbourne Storm


1. Jahrome Hughes
2. Marion Seve
3. Will Chambers
4. Curtis Scott
5. Josh Addo-Carr
6. Cameron Munster
7. Brodie Croft
8. Jesse Bromwich
9. Cameron Smith (c)
10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
11. Felise Kaufusi
12. Kenny Bromwich
13. Dale Finucane

Interchange:
14. Brandon Smith
15. Christian Welch
16. Tui Kamikamica
17. Ryan Papenhuyzen

Reserves:
18. Billy Walters
19. Patrick Kaufusi
20. Albert Vete
21. Sandor Earl

Coach: Craig Bellamy
 
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we got dis
 

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Lambs to the slaughter
 

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The Storm have the wood on us even when we had a great team on the paddock.

Hoping for one of those ridiculous Cowboys underdog games of the past like where we beat the Roosters in 1999 or drew with the Broncos 20-20 in 1999 also.

Maybe being a big underdog will suit us here. Hopefully they all get up for it and we don’t get smashed.
 

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If it's any consolation they were pretty ordinary against the Bulldogs. You'd be hard pressed seeing them play like that two weeks in a row though.
 

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If it's any consolation they were pretty ordinary against the Bulldogs. You'd be hard pressed seeing them play like that two weeks in a row though.
Was a hard game for them with a short turnaround to Friday night (trying to look for any positives here).
 

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They are superior to us in every aspect on and off the field. This could get very very ugly.
 

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This will be the blow out game where we scrape the bottom of the barrel. Happy to be proven wrong or have it blow out and this kick start our season, sort of like our 'come to jesus' moment.

I'm not in any rush to watch this one, after how they played last night against the Doggies - Bellyache will have them whipped through the streets of Melbourne and they'll be out to make a statement.
 

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Vunivalu will miss this game with an early guilty plea which is something for us considering he is a pretty devastating player for them.
 

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Who comes in? Sandor Earl?
 

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Cowboys prop Matt Scott believes they can bounce back from form slump against high-flying Storm

APRIL 07, 2019

VETERAN prop Matt Scott says the Cowboys still have the self-belief to turn their misfiring NRL season around against ladder leaders the Melbourne Storm in Townsville on Friday night.

Pressure is already mounting on the Cowboys after they slumped to a third straight loss against the Raiders on Saturday, with mistakes leading to tries again proving their downfall in the 30-12 defeat.

The Cowboys made double the errors of the Raiders including a combined eight from halves pairing Michael Morgan and Jake Clifford as they struggled to build any momentum after giving up two tries inside the first eight minutes.

The task won’t get any easier against a Storm outfit which has won its past eight matches against the Cowboys, but Scott said that could also be the incentive they need to address their worrying form slump.



Michael Morgan. NRL; North Queensland Cowboys Vs Canberra Raiders at 1300 Smiles Stadium. Picture: Alix Sweeney

“That’s a great motivation for us to try and get our stuff together, I guess. We’re going to have to otherwise they could put a clinic on us,” Scott said.

“We’ve got to stay positive. We’ve got a pretty young side. We’ve got a few different guys in key positions and they’re all really good players.

“Everyone’s still got confidence in our roster and our team and what we’re trying to do.

“We’re not far off. If we keep working hard and then try and execute on Friday night then there’s no reason why we can’t get a win against Melbourne.”

The Cowboys have been beaten by a combined 50-12 in the second half of their losses to the Raiders and Sharks and Scott called for more individual accountability to prevent their errors from snowballing.

“We’re only a couple of per cent off, but we’re a couple of per cent off in a lot of areas. It’s obviously making it very tough to put together full 80-minute performances,” Scott said.

“We just made too many errors in that first half (against the Raiders) and couldn’t quite build enough momentum and it just made it a bit too hard for us to come back in the second half.


Michael Morgan wrapped up. NRL; North Queensland Cowboys Vs Canberra Raiders at 1300 Smiles Stadium. Picture: Alix Sweeney

“I think individually we’ve all got to get ourselves ready … across the board we’re mentally not quite preparing well enough for games and knowing our roles and executing those roles.

“I think this week’s about everyone getting their own backyard in order and making sure that we bring our best Friday night.”

Coach Paul Green felt the Cowboys had still shown glimpses of their best and he was confident they had the experience in the squad to overcome their disappointing start to the season.

“It’s amazing what a win can do and at the moment we just need to scrap and find a way to get a win under the belts and try and build on that,” Green said.

“It’s not all bad. We’re just not doing it for long enough in games and when we’re under pressure we’re probably just not dealing with that well enough, defensively in particular.

“We need to fix it, but I’m confident we can. I think there’s a number of teams in the competition at the moment that still haven’t found their rhythm.”
 

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We're still looking pretty sweet. We've come from a position of 1-3 to take out the comp before, absolutely no reason why we shouldn't do it again

We'll maybe some reasons, but no reason why we certainly shouldn't can't not win the comp at least this year or some time in the immediate, not-to-distant, or long-distant future.
 

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Tell me about this Lambs, what's his lower grade form like?....

Can he play fullback?
I think his name is Terry... More of a 5/8.

We could blame him if things go wrong. He could be our "sacrificial lambs".
 
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