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Ques­tion marks still sur­round Scott’s chances of play­ing on Mon­day af­ter suf­fer­ing a twist to his right knee dur­ing last Mon­day’s 30- 12 win over Manly, but Tamou is pre­pared to do what­ever it takes to sup­port his tough team­mate.

“We’re all aware that “Thumper” ( Scott) is strug­gling a bit and I know what he’s go­ing through,” said Tamou, who had off- sea­son neck surgery.

“You go into games think­ing ‘ what if?’ and you bat­tle with con­fi­dence, but he’s out there week in, week out.

“He’s a bit of an in­spi­ra­tion and ev­ery­one wants to chip in and help out.”

Tamou ad­mits the pain of en­dur­ing a 52- 6 thump­ing at the hands of a ram­pant Queens­land re­cently is still fresh in his mind, but he feels no need to make amends on his re­turn to club duty.

“To be hon­est I still haven’t watched the game on TV,” he said.

“I just want to for­get all about it and to be hon­est I have made my­self for­get about it.

“Ob­vi­ously the plan is to win a premier­ship and I’m just con­cen­trat­ing on the fu­ture, and I do be­lieve we have the team to do it.”

But Tamou knows enough to be cau­tious.

Book­mak­ers have surged be­hind the Cowboys ahead of Mon­day’s clash, with Par­ra­matta with­out Chris Sandow ( two matches), An­thony Wat­mough ( sea­son) and Danny Wicks – among a host of other per­son­nel.

Tamou, how­ever, is ex­pect­ing the un­ex­pected.

“I hate these games, when they say we’re the down­right favourites,” he said.

“You don’t want com­pla­cency to set in, and we have to treat it as if it’s go­ing to be a re­ally tough game, which I ex­pect it will be.’’


James Tamou.

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