Thai­day to start in front- row against the Cow­boys

Townsville Bulletin - - NRL 2011 -

SAM Thai­day will make only his fifth start­ing ap­pear­ance at prop in 127 games for Bris­bane when he runs out against North Queens­land a t Sun­corp Sta­dium on Fri­day night.

The last time Thai­day stuck his head in the fron­trow was round nine last year when t he Bron­cos thumped Mel­bourne 36-14 at AAMI Park.

I t s e t s u p a m o u t h - wa­ter­ing battle for the hard me­tres, with new Cow­boys co-cap­tain Matt Scott, who served his front-row ap­pren­tice­ship un­der Petero Ci v o n i c e v a p l a y i n g f o r Queens­land where he also gleaned a lot of knowl­edge from Thai­day dur­ing Ori­gin camps.

Scott is chal­leng­ing to be­come the game’s premier prop fol­low­ing an out­stand­ing 2010 sea­son in which the 25-year-old played his way into Aus­tralian colours for the first time.

Thai­day may be un­der­done af­ter miss­ing all the tri­als with a groin in­jury, but Grif­fin said he’d let him go un­til he ran out of petrol.

‘‘ As a ruck for­ward he is ob­vi­ously go­ing to gas it quicker than he would play­ing on the edge of the ruck, so we’ll cut his min­utes ini­tially,’’ said Grif­fin.

‘‘ But he’s got a re­ally good mo­tor and I’m sure once he gets more games un­der his belt he’ll get the min­utes back up.’’

Scott would have been ex­pect­ing to lock horns with pow­er­house Ben Hannant un­til he pulled out with a calf in­jury yes­ter­day.

Hannant’s in­jury, which puts him on the side­line

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