Big clash forecast for curtain- raiser
IF some Cowboys fans thought only one Storm was blowing into Townsville today, they should think again.
Melbourne’s Toyota Cup team, like their first-grade counterparts, has earned a reputation for being in sizzling-hot form.
The Storm’s wins against Manly ( 40-12) and Gold Coast ( 44-10) over the first two rounds has Cowboys under-20s coach Kristian Woolf on guard for a massive clash at Dairy Farmers Stadium this afternoon.
‘‘ I’d say they’re probably the form team of the competition after the first two rounds,’’ Woolf said.
‘‘ They play very fast and they wrestle on the ground well, just the same as their first-grade side.
‘‘ They come out with a real intensity and things like their line speed and defence are real features, so we really need to be on our game to beat them that’s for sure.’’
The Cowboys coaching staff are yet to make a final decision on the availability o f inter change forward Chris Grevsmuhl and winger Kyle Feldt after both were put through fitness tests yesterday.
Grevsmuhl missed last weekend’s game with Newcastle while Feldt, the first-choice goalkicker, sustained a slight hamstring strain in the 24-20 home win.
‘‘ Indications are both will be fine but we’ll make a decision in the morning,’’ Woolf said.
The slender question marks over the availability of Grevsmuhl and Feldt aside, Woolf was confident the team could overcome any challenges thrown their way.
Provided they’re working on all cylinders of course.
‘‘ We’ve got a good enough side that if we show up we’re going to be competitive with anybody,’’ Woolf said.
‘‘ We haven’t played our best footy over the first two rounds, obviously we want to keep improving and get closer to that.’’
Woolf said the turnaround in performance from the 46-24 loss to the Broncos in round one to the deserved victory over Newcastle was proof no alarm bells were ringing in the North Queensland camp despite the less than spectacular start to the year.
‘‘ The Knights game was an improvement on the week before, both in our attack and our defence,’’ Woolf said.
‘‘ I was really happy with the attitude we showed, even in the last 10 minutes where we didn’t play real smart in the sense of turning over the footy.
‘‘ We certainly showed we had some desire to defend our line and keep the Knights out.’’