Mak­ing a state­ment

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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

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