Cowboys looking to make home a fortress
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.”