Panic isn’t in our vocabulary
Tearaway Tamou starts the mind games as Cowboys crank up their title defence
COWBOYS STAR JAMES TAMOU says his side will have the mental edge in the preliminary final blockbuster against the Sharks.
Some believe the physically spent Cowboys will be cannon fodder for Cronulla after gruelling finals clashes with the Storm and Broncos.
But Tamou believes the extra-time win over Brisbane, despite being draining, will help them advance to the grand final.
“I think mentally that Broncos game will help us because we know in our minds that we can take our bodies that far and prevail,” he says. “Your body is always going to want to say ‘no’ and give up under that kind of fatigue, but your mind is what keeps pushing you. “When you get to that point you’ve got to get up for your team-mates around you. “When everyone else thinks the Cowboys are down and out, no-one in our side gives up. No-one puts their head down. No-one kicks stones or drags their bottom lip.
“We stayed in the fight and we stuck with it.
“I didn’t panic at any point. Even in that last minute I still had faith, because you never get let down when you think what happened last year for us in the grand final.
“I’ve seen it so often, so I always believe we can turn a game around no matter what the situation.”
Tamou is in awe of the form of rampaging lock Jason Taumalolo and the master and commander, Johnathan Thurston.
“Jason is an actual freak of nature,” Tamou says.
“He now understands that he is big and powerful and can run over anyone in the game. When you’re young that thought takes a while to get accustomed to. “But now that he has, it’s just scary. “Having 115 kilos run into you wouldn’t be fun, but it’s fun for us when he’s on our side.
“When he makes his charges, I get inspired. We all get on the back of that, and that’s why he’s huge for this team.
“Then you see the way JT talks, but he’s actually louder with his actions.
“When you see him run downfield and chase his own kick or make a big tackle, it picks us up as a team.
“It’s inspirational when you see someone like JT put so much into it.”