Siblings aiming for double act
A DREAM NRL debut is within touching distance for former Brisbane Bronco and 2010 NYC player of the year Tariq Sims.
Sims will make his inaugural first-grade appearance alongside brother Ashton i f he makes the cut from a five-man bench named by Cowboys coach Neil Henry.
‘‘ Even if he ( Tariq) doesn’t play it will be a reward for his efforts and it’ll give him a bit of experience travelling down in the first grade team,’’ Henry said.
Tariq, 21, wasn’t available to speak with media yesterday but his proud brother Ashton said the moment would be im- portant whether Tariq took to the field or not.
It is understood either Leeson Ah Mau or the younger Sims will be named 18th man.
‘‘ Hopefully he learns like I did when I started out, I started at 18th man myself and it’s a really good learning curve to see how it all works behind the scenes and get ready for when his time comes,’’ Ashton said.
The pair played on the same rugby league team for the first time ever during the Cowboys’ 26-4 loss to the Broncos in Alice Springs last month.
While some fans might find that hard to believe, a five-year age gap made any on-field association during their junior or school years impossible.
Fate has intervened,
how- ever, and now the two brothers could make their first appearance together on one of the NRL’s biggest stages.
Ashton, 26, signed for the Cowboys last year, about one month after his brother, while enduring a below-par season f o r Br i s b a n e . T o morr o w’ s blockbuster is the perfect opportunity for him to prove this season will be different.
‘ ‘ I t wasn’t my best year through injury and form, I think I only played about 10 or 11 games last year so I’m definitely keen to get back out there and I felt good in the trial matches,’’ he said.
‘‘. . . There’s going to be a little bit of emotion there but I’m a North Queensland Cowboy now.’’