Scott sees new attitude in 2011 squad

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Antony Ste­wart antony. ste­wart@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

A LONELY session watch­ing his team­mates train this week was all Matt Scott needed to know that the demons of 2010 were dead.

Rewind 12 months and af­ter a de­feat like the one in­flicted on the Cow­boys by New­cas­tle last week, the N o r t h Q u e e n s l a n d c o - c a p t a i n reck­ons he would have seen a scary beast emerge within the squad.

‘‘ Neg­a­tive talk and whinge­ing’’ may well have taken over as the might of the Mel­bourne Storm ap­peared on the hori­zon.

On Tues­day, though – con­signed to be­ing a spec­ta­tor as he over­came a corked knee – Aus­tralia and Queens­land rep­re­sen­ta­tive prop Scott wit- nessed a Cow­boys team he is adamant showed it will bounce back.

‘‘ The men­tal­ity around train­ing, you no­tice the dif­fer­ence, there’s no neg­a­tive talk and whinge­ing,’’ Scott said. ‘‘ We had a very tough session on Tues­day . . . and just see­ing how they all went about it – no whinge­ing, got stuck in and got the session done.

‘‘ An­other session on ( Thurs­day) in the heat . . . and it was the same again. You can no­tice these lit­tle dif­fer­ences from last year.

‘‘ The way we’ve been train­ing this week I think has been tes­ta­ment to the char­ac­ter of most of the guys we’ve got in the club at the mo­ment and I’ve got no doubt that we can bounce back from that.’’

It’s an attitude that Scott be­lieves makes calls ex­ter­nally of ‘‘ here we go again’’ af­ter the 34-22 loss to the Knights pre­ma­ture to say the least.

‘‘ Ev­ery­one look­ing from out­side in, they don’t have that feel­ing that we have around the camp,’’ Scott said. ‘‘ We’ve been train­ing to­gether since Novem­ber and the per­for­mance we put in against Bris­bane ( in the 16-14 win in round one) was a long way from the Knights but it’s there, it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting the attitude right . . . and this week it’s been spot on.’’

Lead­ing from the front on the train­ing pad­dock this week has been Scott’s fel­low start­ing front-rower James Tamou. Given a chance to atone fol­low­ing a shaky show­ing against the Knights, the gi­ant Kiwi has any­thing but gone into his shell. Scott said he ex­pected a big per­form- ance from the 194cm, 113kg prop on Mon­day night.

‘‘ He re­alises that the coaches have given him an­other chance and I fully agree with that, what he did for the ma­jor­ity of the game was re­ally high qual­ity, it’s just un­for­tu­nate that he had a cou­ple of cru­cial er­rors there,’’ Scott said. ‘‘ He’s buzzed around at train­ing . . . and I’d rather have him next to me than against me – he’s a mas­sive unit with all the skills.

‘‘ I can’t wait to run out with him, it’ll be very good to have him there at the start of the game.’’

Scott ac­knowl­edged the Cow­boys pack had plenty of re­spon­si­bil­ity to help en­sure the Storm’s ‘‘ big three’’ of Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater did not pick up from where they left off against the Ti­tans.

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