Ca­pa­ble Kane able to hold his head high

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

“When you are part of a team there comes a time when you lean on each other – this is one of those times,” Parker said.

“It’s af­fected him to some de­gree. When your in­tegrity gets ques­tioned ... it is never good.” Asked if Smith should apol­o­gise or ‘ clear the air’, Parker said: “I feel in due course Cameron will talk.

“( How­ever) I know there have been at­tempts by Mel­bourne to get into con­tact ( with McKin­non) but it was to no avail.

“But there are no win­ners in this sit­u­a­tion. It is just a ter­ri­ble, ter­ri­ble a c c i d e n t . ” Showed a re­play of the fate­ful tackle on the pro­gram, McKin­non said it was “f--- ing ridicu­lous” that Smith was ar­gu­ing with the ref­eree about be­ing pe­nalised as the in­jured player was be­ing treated and then car­ried off the field.

But Parker said yes­ter­day: “I have known Cameron since he was a young boy.

“The per­son I know hum­ble, good hu­man.

“At no stage when those com­ments were made would he have known of the sever­ity of the tackle.” Parker felt for Smith who as Aus­tralian cap­tain had been the face of rugby league’s re­ac­tion to two still raw tragedies.

Smith at­tended last week’s fu­neral of ex- Bronco and fa­ther of two Ackerman who trag­i­cally died af­ter a tackle in a Queens­land Cup match.

“I’ve got three young chil­dren of my own ... so I couldn’t even imag­ine what the fam­ily’s go­ing through at the mo­ment,” Smith said on Fri­day.

Smith was also deal­ing with the death of Walsh who had en­deared him­self with Mel­bourne dur­ing sev­eral factfind­ing mis­sions to the club.

is a FAR from the “tough night” he en­dured against Manly, North Queens­land cen­tre Kane Lin­nett has kicked on to be one of the Cow­boys’ most in­flu­en­tial State of Ori­gin pe­riod play­ers.

Lin­nett couldn’t find a hole to hide in dur­ing the last- gasp win over Manly on May 30 af­ter mak­ing an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic six er­rors.

He has had only one er­ror in the four games since and stood up as one of North Queens­land’s best in a test­ing State of Ori­gin pe­riod.

Play­ing in front of many friends and fam­ily in his home Illawarra re­gion, Lin­nett ran for more me­tres than any other Cow­boys player this year as he clocked up an im­pres­sive 254m from 27 runs in the vic­tory over the Drag­ons.

Lin­nett played the sec­ond half on Satur­day for the in­jured An­to­nio Win­ter­stein on the wing and Cow­boys as­sist- ant coach John Cartwright said the 26- year- old was be­com­ing a key player.

“He played out of po­si­tion and de­fen­sively he was very strong,” Cartwright said.

“He’s be­com­ing a re­ally im­por­tant part of the side.

“I think things like that ( Manly game), they don’t hap­pen all the time.

“Ev­ery­one can have a bad day and you just have to put that down to a bad day.”

Lin­nett’s dou­ble made it six tries in five games against his un­der- 20s club.

Left- edge part­ner Win­ter­stein said Lin­nett’s de­fence shouldn’t be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“It was an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic game he had against Manly. He dropped a few balls which he doesn’t usu­ally do,” he said.

“But the last few weeks he has been one of our best play­ers and de­fen­sively he is strong and he doesn’t look for the easy way and he grinds out a tackle.”

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

KICKER: Kane Lin­nett starred for the Cow­boys in Satur­day night’s win over the Drag­ons.

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