Sims ready for battle

Knights clash to be a fam­ily af­fair for tal­ented for­ward

Townsville Bulletin - - Rugby League - michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A LIFE­LONG dream has come true for Tariq Sims.

The 2 1 - y e a r - o l d f o r mer Bris­bane Bronco and NYC player of the year will make his NRL de­but off the Cow­boys’ bench for this Satur­day night’s clash against the New­cas­tle Knights.

When coach Neil Henry or­ders the young sec­ond-rower from the in­ter­change Tariq will step into the fray along­side big brother Ash­ton in what will be­come a lifechang­ing mo­ment.

But the story gets even bet­ter than that.

Tariq and Ash­ton have a younger brother in 19-yearold Korbin play­ing NYC foot­ball for the Knights, and as fate would have it Korbin is play­ing in the cur­tain raiser to Tariq’s NRL de­but game.

W a t c h i n g t h e t h r e e brothers from the stands will be par­ents Peter and Jac­quie

Tariq Sims Sims, who are be­ing flown to Townsville cour­tesy of the Cow­boys man­age­ment and who are sure to be the proud­est par­ents in the city come Satur­day.

Speak­ing at the Cow­boy’s fan day on Tues­day Tariq said Henry’s an­nounce­ment, made in front of gath­ered t e a mma t e s , h a d s i mp l y blown him away.

‘‘ Words can’t de­scribe the feel­ings I’m feel­ing right now,’’ Tariq said.

‘‘ We were do­ing the ( video) re­view of last week’s game

ON THE WAY BACK: Bronco Nick Kenny says play­ing his nat­u­ral game will get him back into first grade

Liam Ful­ton

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