Cow­boys gee- up

I t’s se­cret men’s busi­ness . . . but l ook who’s on our side now

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

BIG Mal Meninga was a sur­prise visi­tor to the Cow­boys’ camp in Bris­bane yes­ter­day. But Cow­boys play­ers weren’t let­ting on what the Ori­gin coach and for­mer Raiders great said be­cause the team was put on lock­down for the day and were not per­mit­ted to have in­di­vid­ual con­tact with the me­dia.

yer was again loom­ing as Bris­bane’s ‘’’ go-to man’’ head­ing into Fri­day night’s sea­sonopener.

Given their re­cent his­tory of thrillers, 32-year-old Lock­yer could be called on to de­cide the match, while the Cow­boys have their own money man in world class half­back Thurston.

Lock­yer is in his el­e­ment when games are in the bal­ance and says he was in­spired to per­form un­der pres­sure by watch­ing Wally Lewis as a young­ster.

‘‘ When I grew up watch­ing Ori­gin, Wally ( Lewis) was the man when Queens­land needed some­thing spe­cial,’’ he said.

‘‘ I don’t know whether I had an in­fat­u­a­tion with watch­ing Wally or maybe it’s just nat­u­ral, I’m not sure.

‘‘ I don’t go out hop­ing the game is tight, I’d pre­fer we were com­fort­able.

‘‘ But I al­ways find when the game is in the bal­ance, the adrenalin pumps a bit more and you know this is the mo­ment, so you do your bit to swing the re­sult.’’

Rookie coach An­thony Grif­fin launches his NRL ca­reer con­fi­dent if the game is on the line he has the best in the busi­ness to de­liver the knock­out punch. Asked if there was a bet­ter player in the NRL in a cri­sis than Lock­yer, Grif­fin said: ‘‘ I’ve got to say no. I wouldn’t have any­one else out there than Dar­ren Lock­yer if we’re in a tight spot and I know we will be a num­ber of times on Fri­day.’’ BENJI Mar­shall’s late night as­sault charge has had lit­tle im­pact on Wests Tigers’ cor­po­rate im­age, with the joint ven­ture en­joy­ing the most prof­itable week of its short NRL his­tory.

The Tigers yes­ter­day un­veiled a new spon­sor­ship deal with car gi­ant Hyundai – the part­ner­ship part of a $ 3 mil­lion in­flux into the club this week with ad­di­tional back­ers to be re­vealed in com­ing days.

The show of sup­port is a stun­ning en­dorse­ment for the club, with the Tigers’ most recog­nis­able fig­ure in the head­lines for all the wrong rea­sons ear­lier in the week.

Mar­shall was front and back page news af­ter be­com­ing in­volved in an al­leged al­ter­ca­tion just af­ter 3am in Syd­ney’s CBD on Satur­day, with the New Zealand Test skip­per charged with as­sault on Mon­day.

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