Hodgo says struggling Cowboys must go back to basics
THE Cowboys are in danger of finishing with the wooden spoon for the first time in 20 years, and only a back-to-basics approach will get them out of danger.
That is the message from former Queensland State of Origin player Justin Hodges, who watched Sunday’s horror show by the Cowboys on the sidelines at Cbus Super Stadium.
The Cowboys are 14th on the
NRL ladder – one win in front of the cellar-dwelling Bulldogs and on equal competition points with the Broncos, who possess a far inferior points differential.
From Saturday’s team that lost 30-10 to the once-struggling Titans, two players – Hamiso Tabuia-Fidow and Tom Gilbert – hadn’t even been born the last time North Queensland finished bottom of the competition.
Interim coach Josh Hannay labelled his charges as “horrible” in the aftermath, saying “they did the jersey and club a disservice”.
“We have a long way to go to becoming a consistent club, fronting up every week with the necessary attitude and mindset to compete in this competition,” he said.
Hodges believes the Cowboys can turn things around, although with the Rabbitohs coming up on Saturday at Queensland Country Bank Stadium, followed by an away clash against the Knights, Hannay’s men have a tough climb ahead.
“Josh might have to do something a bit different to bring positive energy back to the club,” Hodges said.
“It could be a case of mixing things up at training, and bringing in a bit of fun towards the end of training sessions. Josh has taken on the (coaching) role on the back of (Paul) Green leaving, and that’s not always easy.
“There was the COVID-19 stuff to deal with and we’re now at the back end of the year. What they need to remember is that a win is only 80 minutes away, and once they get that win, things can flow from there.”
Hodges said the Cowboys’ international engine room of Jason Taumalolo, Josh McGuire and Jordan McLean had to fire to give North Queensland any chance of salvaging their final seven rounds of the season.