Cow­boys not car­ried away with ‘fairy­tale’ hype

The Northern Star - - SPORT NRL - — Rikki-Lee Arnold

MICHAEL Mor­gan says the Cow­boys are not un­der the im­pres­sion they are about to pro­duce a fairy­tale run to the pre­mier­ship as they be­gin to shed their un­der­dog sta­tus.

North Queens­land pulled off its sec­ond fi­nals up­set on Satur­day night, after it knocked the Eels out of the run­ning for this year’s pre­mier­ship – just six days after it did the same to the Sharks.

De­spite fin­ish­ing eighth in the reg­u­lar sea­son – and only just scrap­ing into the fi­nals – the Cow­boys are now 80 min­utes away from the grand fi­nal.

But as it turns its at­ten­tion to the Roost­ers this Satur­day, star half­back Mor­gan says the club and the play­ers are not get­ting caught up in the hype.

While the play­ers are proud of their progress so far, Mor­gan says they don’t ex­pect any­thing to come eas­ily and be­lieves other teams will start to take them more se­ri­ously.

“We’ve got our­selves in this po­si­tion from work­ing hard and we’ll con­tinue to do that,” he said. “It’s not go­ing to be easy. We’re un­der no il­lu­sions that it’s go­ing to be a big fairy­tale and it will just hap­pen for us. As nice as that would be, we know it’s go­ing to be tough.

“It will be hard but we’re ex­cited for the oc­ca­sion.”

The Roost­ers are the early favourites for Satur­day’s clash, mean­ing the Cow­boys will come in as the un­der­dogs yet again.

But Mor­gan (pic­tured with Coen Hess) says he does not think they will be un­der­es­ti­mated this week. He said people were start­ing to be­lieve in the Cow­boys in the same way they had be­lieved in them­selves over the past two weeks.

“We won’t be wor­ried about that (added pres­sure),” Mor­gan said. “We didn’t have too many wins at the back end of the sea­son but we’ve al­ways said if we com­pete well and if we don’t roll over and go away from the chal­lenge, even­tu­ally good things would come our way.

“The last few weeks have been off the back of that.”

Mor­gan’s team­mate Jake Granville was also not con­cerned by whether the Cow­boys were seen as se­ri­ous con­tenders or not.

He said as long as the ef­fort re­mained, the Cow­boys could go a long way.

PHOTO: BRETT COSTELLO/NEWS CORP

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