Dream start for Cowboys
SUDDENLY the year ahead for the North Queensland Cowboys looks a little brighter.
Their thrilling 16-14 win over the Brisbane Broncos last night certainly gives them the perfect start to season 2011 and coach Neil Henry said the performance had created a ‘‘ warm and fuzzy’’ feeling in the squad. But a calf injury to Scott Bolton in the first half took a little gloss of the win, with Bolton to undergo scans to an injury which is expected to put the Mourilyan product out of action for two weeks.
The disappointment of Bolton’s injury aside, some glimpses of brilliance from usual suspects Johnathan Thurston and especially Matt Bowen was matched by a tenacity in defence that many North Queensland fans would not have thought possible only a few months ago.
But there they were, making one last-gasp tackle after the other to put a halt to the Broncos juggernaut that was on the verge of surging to a last-minute win in front of 45,119 home fans. It’s a fact that Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston readily admitted last night when asked whether they could have won the pressure cooker contest last year. ‘‘ I don’t think so,’’ Thurston said. ‘‘ The amount of work we’ve put in through the pre-season and just t he at t i t ude of t he boys, t he willingness of the boys to turn up, it’s a very pleasing result for us.’’
Henry reiterated Thurston’s comments when saying his charges had come right around in their ability to hold out back-to-back sets.
‘‘ They had to do a lot of work out there and keep turning up for each other, it’s something we’ve worked hard on it’s no secret,’’ Henry said.
‘‘ With ( assistant coach) Peter Ryan at the club we’ve worked very hard but you can work as hard as you like, you’ve still got to turn up and do it on game day.
‘‘ I’m very proud of their efforts to keep turning up for each other.’’
Henry said it was close to being the perfect type of win.