Scott rest plan foiled

TAMOU SUS­PEN­SION A ‘ BLESS­ING IN DIS­GUISE’ BUT NO BREAK FOR ORI­GIN WORK­HORSE SCOTT

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH

JAMES Tamou’s State of Ori­gin brain ex­plo­sion has put paid to any chance of Cowboys co- cap­tain Matt Scott be­ing rested against the Manly Sea Ea­gles on Mon­day. North Queens­land coach Paul Green said Tamou’s one- match sus­pen­sion, for a grade two high tackle on Ja­cob Lil­ly­man in last week’s Ori­gin de­cider, could be a “bless­ing in dis­guise” as he gets an ex­tra seven- day break af­ter a tax­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive pe­riod.

But Green said Tamou’s sus­pen­sion “prob­a­bly” forced his hand in play­ing Scott this week as the sec­ond- placed Cowboys look to kick on and fin­ish the year on a high.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed to lose ( Tamou) in that cir­cum­stance but it’s a bit of a bless­ing in dis­guise,” Green said. “I’ve said all along about giv­ing all the guys a rest and this one was forced on me.”

“We’ll get the ben­e­fit of that ( at the) end of the year but it’s a week ( out) and while we’d love to have him play­ing as he’s been in good form, for Jimmy it will give him a chance to re­fresh the body af­ter a tough Ori­gin cam­paign,” Green said.

Scott re­vealed ear­lier this month he would likely need end- of- sea­son surgery on a neck in­jury which he has man­aged over a cou­ple of years but Green said all in­di­ca­tions were that his co- cap­tain had emerged from the in­ter­state pe­riod in good shape.

“Given the way they’ve won and with Queens­land win­ning the se­ries, emo­tion­ally those guys are go­ing to be on a bit more of a high,” Green said.

“We’ll see how his body is but by all re­ports he’s feel­ing pretty good. “We’ll mon­i­tor and see how he goes.”

Tamou is the only change from an oth­er­wise mostly full­strength Cowboys side, which has seen Rory Kost­jasyn re­tain his spot on the bench as backup hooker to Jake Granville.

But with the squad only re­turn­ing from a week’s break to­day, Green hasn’t ruled out changes to his squad for Mon­day’s game in­clud­ing the re­call of vet­eran for­ward Glenn Hall.

“He’s in the mix,” Green said. “I have to name 18 play­ers but we’re a squad of 20- plus play­ers. We’ll see how train­ing pans out this week and we’ll fi­nalise the 17 that play.”

TAKEN OUT: Cowboys and NSW for­ward James Tamou will be on the side­lines while prop part­ner and Ma­roons hero Matt Scott takes on the Sea Ea­gles on Mon­day night af­ter Tamou was sus­pended for a high shot on Ja­cob Lil­ly­man ( be­low).

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