Tamou says no ex­cuse for loss

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NORTH Queens­land Cowboys prop James Tamou apol­o­gised to the state of NSW yesterday af­ter Queens­land’s Ori­gin III an­ni­hi­la­tion.

And Tamou has called on NSW of­fi­cials to stick solid with the em­bar­rassed Blues, while also ad­mit­ting he must elim­i­nate the frus­tra­tion from his game which has led to him fac­ing a week on the side­lines for a care­less high tackle.

Tamou said there were no ex­cuses for the 52- 6 smash­ing by Queens­land.

“The fact that they came out and put that many points on just shows how much they wanted it,’’ Tamou said.

“When a few penal­ties came when we were hold­ing them down, I think we shied away from try­ing to hold them down any­more and we didn’t want to give more penal­ties away.

“I don’t want to make any ex­cuses, they just got a roll on, it’s as sim­ple as that. Ob­vi­ously fans will be want­ing an­swers, but there’s not much re­ally to say to that – ex­cept sorry.’’

Trail­ing 22- 2 at half time, the Blues went to the break in shock that in such an im­por­tant clash, they had al­lowed their op­po­si­tion a stun­ning jump- start.

But Tamou claimed Blues’

the dress­ing room was op­ti­mistic at half- time of a fight­back.

“Ev­ery­one was up­beat,’’ he said. “With the play­ers in there we knew what we could do and what points we can put on them.

“We were only 20 points be­hind but ob­vi­ously in an Ori­gin game, that’s a lot.

“But I was still con­fi­dent. The play­ers we have un­for­tu­nately didn’t have a chance to show what they could do out there.’’

Such is the na­ture of the dis­mal show­ing by the Blues, the pres­sure will be on coach Lau­rie Da­ley to tinker with his side ahead of Ori­gin I next year.

How­ever, Tamou spoke of the im­por­tance of the NSW hi­er­ar­chy show­ing faith in a side that lost by one- point in Ori­gin I and were im­pres­sive in vic­tory in Ori­gin II. “We’ll cop it, but the best thing abut this group is that we’ll stick to­gether,’’ he said. “We’ll come out stronger and we’ve got a strong bond so 12months later who knows what can hap­pen.

“This is one of the clos­est teams I’ve been in­volved with in Ori­gin.”

He pleaded guilty to a Grade 2 care­less high tackle on Ja­cob Lil­ly­man in the 53rd minute. He will miss the Cowboys’ match against Manly on Mon­day week.

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