Big blow for Bolton

Back­rower set for an ex­tended stint on the side­lines

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was hard to pro­vide. ‘‘ He could be out for sev­eral weeks,’’ he said.

‘‘ It could be two to six weeks de­pend­ing on how se­vere it is. The docs say it’s a deep tis­sue tear so it could be about four weeks.’’

Bolton’s loss is a bit­ter blow to the Cow­boys and no doubt a tough pill to swal­low for the rugged In­n­is­fail Brothers ju­nior, who has been on the fringe of Ori­gin se­lec­tion for the last two sea­sons.

But Bolton’s ab­sence didn’t prove fa­tal on Fri­day as the Cow­boys came out tops to break a seven-match los­ing streak to Bris­bane stretch­ing back to the start of 2007.

That last win against the Bron­cos co­in­ci­den­tally came in the year the Cow­boys last made it the NRL semi­fi­nals.

‘‘ Yeah I hope it’s an omen but we’ve got a lot of new play­ers at the club too,’’ Henry said. ‘‘ It was a tremen­dous ef­fort I thought to hang in there. De­fen­sively it was out­stand­ing at dif­fer­ent times but it’s the first step in the sea­son.

‘‘ I thought Glenn Hall – he didn’t train with us all week he was in Syd­ney for the birth of his baby girl – hung in there too and played more min­utes than we re­ally wanted him to play.’’

Henry also praised the 80-minute ef­fort of Dal­las John­son, who made the most in­di­vid­ual tack­les of the game with 42, while also touch­ing on five-eighth Ray Thompson’s per­for­mance.

‘ ‘ I t hink Ray was very s ol i d de­fen­sively. They re­ally tar­geted him and I thought he aimed up ev­ery time which was great com­ing back from a shoul­der re­con­struc­tion,’’ Henry said.

‘‘ Prob­a­bly a cou­ple of op­tions for his kicks could have been bet­ter but he’s learn­ing all the time.

‘‘ Benny Jones was a lit­tle bit quiet go­ing on at hooker but Aaron Payne was very good so we’ll prob­a­bly main­tain the sta­tus quo there and Ray needs to set­tle in his po­si­tion.’’

Henry said some lapses in dis­ci­pline and turnover of pos­ses­sion be­fore the com­ple­tion of sets would need to be ad­dressed.

‘‘ We didn’t get to the end of our sets a cou­ple of times, bit of a lack of dis­ci­pline in a cou­ple of tack­les cost us penal­ties,’’ he said.

‘‘ I looked at it in the re­view process and they were prob­a­bly jus­ti­fied penal­ties, so we gifted about five sets of pos­ses­sion to the Bron­cos and we can’t af­ford to do that.’’

Cow­boys winger Ash­ley Graham was named as play­ers’ player.

Gavin Cooper

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