Perfect time to take on a ‘ perfect Storm’
IN the face of a perfect storm comes the perfect opportunity for redemption.
With the hours counting down until the Cowboys clash with the in-form Melbourne Stormat Dairy Farmers Stadium, coach Neil Henry said tonight was a golden chance for his players to prove that their game against Newcastle was a mere aberration.
‘‘ I think there’s a real opportunity to show that, ( the players) were very unhappy with their performance individually and collectively as a club,’’ he said.
‘‘ Time will tell, but there’s certainly been focus this week and it’s a real attitude and commitment thing on the night.
‘ ‘ This side ( Melbourne) don’t give you much, they’ve been very consistent.’’
Henry said of particular importance to the team was the need to play with the required amount of commitment and intensity to earn the respect of their home crowd.
‘‘ We are at home and we need to play well. Our fans deserve a strong performance every time we step out on Dairy Farmers Stadium,’’ he said.
‘‘ I think a few of the boys have been on the record saying their individual performances weren’t good enough last week and they need to step up.
‘‘ There were 17 men out there last week and I think there would have been four players that we talked about who played the game they should have played. But the other 13 were below par.’’
Tonight’s clash follows a controversial booking bungle that had Saturday night’s Nitro Circus event pencilled in at the same time as the round three NRL fixture. The ground has, however, been given the all-clear for tonight’s game despite fears it might have been damaged during Saturday’s event.
For the fans at tonight’s encounter, Henry said they would be in for a treat when Johnathan Thurston puts his bag of tricks to the test against current Australian halfback and Melbourne playmaker Cooper Cronk. Henry said the highly coveted No. 7 Test jumper was Thurston’s for the taking.
‘ ‘ Johnathan was incumbent Test half and I think it was injury more than the performance that meant that he missed out on it last year,’’ he said.
NO EXCUSES: Neil Henry lays it on the line