Turn­ing up the heat

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

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

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