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