Young Cow­boys keen to bounce back

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

COW­BOYS un­der-20s half­back and first-grade fivee i g ht h a s p i r a nt Michael Mor­gan has al­ready tasted one too many heavy de­feats this sea­son.

The NYC Cow­boys suf­fered an up­set 46-24 de­feat at the h a n d s o f t h e B r i s b a n e Bron­cos last week and it was a re­sult Mor­gan doesn’t want to ex­pe­ri­ence for the rest of sea­son 2011.

‘‘ I think they ( Bris­bane) just played too fast for us, we weren’t slow­ing them down in the ruck and not get­ting line speed,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘ It all built up and it just snow­balled, it was our firstup con­tact that stuffed it for us, I think.

‘‘ There were good patches, but we were not good enough at the start.

‘‘ We’ll just try and stay pos­i­tive af­ter last week and try not to think about that too much.’’

Which is why Mor­gan and his team have been train­ing to re­turn their game to full strength for tonight’s Toy­ota Cup clash with New­cas­tle.

‘‘ At least we know this week that we can’t just go out there and ex­pect it to hap­pen, we have to play for it and p l a y f o r o n e a n o t h e r , ’ ’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘ We tried to fix up what we strug­gled with last Fri­day, i t ’ s been hard with t he weather but still we had to work around it.

‘‘ They’ve ( New­cas­tle) got a strong left edge, a lot of their at­tack goes out there but it’s noth­ing we can’t han­dle.’’

19-year-old Brothers ju­nior Mor­gan i s c o ns i d e r e d a se­ri­ous prospect of play­ing a l o n g s i d e J o h n a t h a n Thurston in first-grade this year, but it’s the mis­sion at hand that he has his mind firmly fixed on.

‘‘ That’s al­ways the goal but at the end of day while I’m in the un­der-20s team I have to do the best for them, I have to be 100 per cent will­ing for the team,’’ Mor­gan said.

Cow­boys coach Kris­tian Woolf said the team would need to steel them­selves for a bet­ter open­ing 20 min­utes t han t hey pro­duced l ast week.

‘ ‘ The Bron­cos prob­a­bly played more en­thu­si­as­ti­cally than us, they were re­ally ag­gres­sive,’’ Woolf said.

‘‘ Across the board we need to step up, but it’s a good op­por­tu­nity for us to turn things around.’’

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