Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

bench, Lui has his op­por­tu­nity to shine against one of the NRL’s most po­tent halves com­bi­na­tions.

“I’ve been hang­ing all right, been hang­ing ( out) for a while now, but it’s just good to get a chance,” Lui said.

“I get to be the dom­i­nant half ... and I get to play with my best mate, so I can’t wait to rep­re­sent the club again.

“I just want to go and play my game and I’m not go­ing to change any­thing, I just got to get the kick­ing right and stick to the game- plan.”

His mate Thompson vouched for Lui yesterday, say­ing he was nowhere near be­ing a spent force at North Queens­land de­spite his lim­ited im­pact in 2015.

“He doesn’t give much away old Rob, not even that much to me, and he keeps him­self pretty guarded, but I think he’s han­dling it the best way he can,” said Thompson, who makes his come­back from a fa­cial in­jury.

“You can see that he’s buzzing this week and he’s ex­cited to get out there and play some good footy and show his worth.”

Lui and Thompson are an old firm, hav­ing gone through the ju­nior ranks in Townsville to­gether and play­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive football for Queens­land, which they did so to­gether in the halves.

They will need to use ev­ery bit of their long- term un­der­stand­ing to get the bet­ter of Mar­shall and Gareth Wid­dop.

Lui played 41 games in the halves with Mar­shall at the Wests Tigers, be­fore re­ceiv­ing a ca­reer life­line from North Queens­land in 2011.

He gained an in­ti­mate un­der­stand­ing of Mar­shall and his bag of tricks, and be­lieves the Cowboys can beat Mar­shall – and Wid­dop – at their own game.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

DE­TER­MINED: Cowboys’ Robert Lui at train­ing this week.

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