Cow­boys look­ing to make home a fortress

NT News - - SPORT - JACK HISLOP

THE Cow­boys plan to make their ri­vals’ six-hour round trip to Kather­ine a night­mare in 2017.

Last year’s semi-fi­nal­ists will run onto Kather­ine Sports­ground for the first time this sea­son against Night­cliff tonight.

Al­ways a stronger out­fit on their home patch, coach Dwayne Rosas said his side wanted to make it a fortress.

“We’re try­ing to get more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment this year,” he said.

More in­volve­ment from not just players, but their wives, part­ners and ev­ery­one else.”

“We are go­ing to be do­ing raf­fle tick­ets up the street (this morn­ing) and set up the field af­ter lunch.

“It’s go­ing to be a big day, but the com­mu­nity will pull to­gether and hope­fully the boys can shine on the night.”

The Cow­boys were well beaten by Broth­ers in Round 1 58-18, be­fore draw­ing the bye last week.

They have named a stronger squad for the Night­cliff fix­ture than they did against the Brethren. Rosas said he hoped that would trans­late to a turn around in form.

“We should have a bet­ter team this week,” he said.

“We have a cou­ple of boys that have turned up who have been in town, but didn’t show their faces un­til af­ter the first game.”

“We’ve had a cou­ple of train­ing runs to­gether now, so they are look­ing sharper and have ti­died up a bit.

“They are look­ing pretty good at this stage.”

Night­cliff en­ter the clash still look­ing for their first vic­tory.

Poor com­ple­tion rates cost them in Round 1 against Litch­field, be­fore an im­proved per­for­mance saw them nar­rowly go down by two points to Broth­ers. Coach Daniel Roach said if they could match the ef­fort of last week­end, the Dragons would go close to tak­ing two points back home to Dar­win.

“Real­is­ti­cally I hope we can go down there and come away with the win. I thought we were very un­lucky against Broth­ers,” Roach said.

“Last week I couldn’t have been hap­pier, we are still build­ing with a lot of blokes still to come back into the side.

“They are start­ing to jell to­gether well now.”

Prop Cameron Ver­steegh, back-rower Mana Peina, fiveeighth Brad Sned­don and full­back Karl Younger won’t make the trip.

Younger’s ab­sence means 2016 lead­ing tryscorer Dar­ren Caulton will shift from wing to full­back.

“We’re hop­ing to get him more ball,” Roach said of the Can­berra Raiders SG Ball gun.

“Dar­ren was fan­tas­tic last week; he got him­self in­volved a lot more.

This week he’s got more room to roam, where he can do some dam­age from out the back.”

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