Making a statement
GAME on at Dairy Farmers Stadium for 2011 and the Cowboys will be out to make a statement.
They will want to send a message to visiting teams regarding what they can expect when they visit the North.
Both teams bring good form to the match and this suggests a terrific game. There were some very good performances last week and both sets of players will need to pack their best game if they are to get a result.
The thing I liked most about the Cowboys was their enthusiasm. It wasn’t their best performance but the way they played for each other – particularly in defence and when under pressure – was great to see.
The game promises a terrific individual match up between in form halves J a r r o d M u l l e n a n d Johnathan Thurston but equally there will be some individuals who will test their opponents. Matthew Bowen is running well and looks close to his best, Aaron Payne, Matt Scott and James Tamou in the core were very effective last start and Gavin Cooper on the left edge will trouble the Knights. For the Cowboys t e a m I e x p e c t C o r y Patterson to test their right edge defence and Junior Sau and Akuila Uate will be real threats: they will have the defence on their toes and the crowd off their seats.
Bowen is back running and his attacking relationship with Thurston on an edge and Payne through the core is special to watch. He