Green says ‘keep foot down’

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH LEAGUE

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It was a big op­por­tu­nity missed by the fifth-placed Cow­boys, given Bris­bane (fourth) lost to Par­ra­matta on Fri­day.

“I thought we prob­a­bly needed a bit more in­ten­sity in how we pre­pared for the game,” Green said.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity for us with what hap­pened in other games and some of us may have treated it as an­other game, rather than get­ting them­selves right up for a big per­for­mance.

“It’s recog­nis­ing the op­por­tu­nity in front of you. It’s a game where it’s not a nor­mal game in how you pre­pare for it or play, you have to step it up a notch.

“It’s not every week­end you’re ex­pected to be able to be at that level but when you get an op­por­tu­nity, you have to lift.”

The Cow­boys had beaten four teams out­side the top eight be­fore tak­ing on the sec­ond-placed Roost­ers, the start of the tough­est run home in the com­pe­ti­tion.

They are now aware what flaws they need to ad­dress be­fore they host pre­mier­ship favourites Mel­bourne.

“That was a good les­son for that. We’ve got some teams who are go­ing to chal­lenge for the ti­tle this year we’re yet to play,” Green said.

“There was plenty to like about the per­for­mance, I thought we played well in patches but we prob­a­bly didn’t fight hard enough in that sec­ond half. They had a glut of pos­ses­sion and got into us with their power game, and we didn’t quite hang on.”

Pic­ture: ZAK SIMMONDS

TIME TO LIFT: Cow­boys coach Paul Green.

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