Turning up the heat
THIS is one of the biggest games of t he Cowboys’ home schedule and for a number of reasons, Neil Henry’s men will be keen to be up for it.
The Storm features so many Queensland players and like matches against t he Broncos, t he North Queensland pl ayers are always keen, seeing an opportunity to make an early impression with the Origin selectors.
The Cowboys are backing up after a game where they performed below their capabilities and expectations. It is however early season and while a lot has been said, two factors, heat and possession, were critical.
Prior to the match a lot was made of the heat and how it would impact on the visitors. The crucial factor however was possession and the imbalance was the key to last week’s result. When it’s hot everyone gets fatigued, conditioned for it or not.
The Knights retained possession well and on the back of a couple of repeat sets through attacking kicks and two 40/ 20 results they laid a platform to fatigue the home team by halftime. In the end, the Cowboys’ extra 70 tackles by halftime told a significant tale.
With forecast heat and humidity it will be much the same this week. The secret is simple and direct football.
Work your opponent over through an area, control the ball and kick well. For the