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Hodgo says strug­gling Cow­boys must go back to ba­sics

- Sports · Dallas Cowboys · Denver Broncos · Tennessee Titans · East Coast Aces · Josh McGuire

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.

 ??  ?? Cow­boys coach Josh Han­nay.
Cow­boys coach Josh Han­nay.

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