The Courier-Mail

Be­ware the wounded Cowboys

- CHRIS­TIAN NICOLUSSI

JOHNATHAN Thurston’s “off night’’ against Cronulla last week­end fea­tured a rare botched kick that al­lowed Sharks cen­tre Ger­ard Beale to streak away for a try.

But it also fin­ished with two try as­sists and two line­breaks.

That prob­a­bly ex­plains why South Syd­ney play­ers need no con­vinc­ing about the dan­ger of the soon-to-be four-time Dally M win­ner.

Bun­nies No. 7 Adam Reynolds said Thurston was ‘’like a bot­tle of wine that keeps age­ing and gets bet­ter’’.

Is­sac Luke said a tough month lay ahead for Souths but the stiffest chal­lenge awaited them in Townsville tonight.

“Ev­ery week will be a test for us, but this is the big­gest one,’’ Luke said.

“They’ve been play­ing out­stand­ing, and ‘ JT’ has been out­stand­ing lead­ing the boys around. It’s like he’s get­ting younger. He’s awe­some. Ev­ery year he brings new things to the ta­ble.

“(Reynolds) is go­ing to con­tinue to turn peo­ple’s heads. At the mo­ment, I know he wants to work on a few things, and what­ever he can bring to the ta­ble we love. He gets his chance to go up against the best half­back in the world at the mo­ment. It will be good for him.’’

Reynolds, who was given a re­fresher play­maker’s course by Thurston’s Ma­roons’ un­der­study Daly Cher­ryE­vans last week­end, said of tonight’s con­test: “JT does mostly ev­ery­thing dif­fer­ently, which is what makes him the best. He’s al­ways on the ball and a re­ally good com­peti­tor.

“It’s not only him, but the rest of the team are play­ing out of their skin – I feel as though he’s get­ting bet­ter, but he’s also got a lot of help around him.

“We need to be fo­cused and stay switched on.”

 ??  ?? CRE­ATIVE TOUCH: Cowboys ace Johnathan Thurston.
CRE­ATIVE TOUCH: Cowboys ace Johnathan Thurston.

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