WE WON’T LET THIS ONE SLIP

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LIAM BUT­TER­WORTH liam. but­ter­worth@ news. com. au

KANE Lin­nett says North Queens­land won’t go into tonight’s clash against the Par­ra­matta Eels ex­pect­ing to rack up a cricket score.

With the drama sur­round­ing half­back Chris Sandow’s de­par­ture, pos­si­ble salary cap sanc­tions and last week’s 28- 4 de­feat by the Bull­dogs, the Eels rank as $ 9.50 out­siders to cause an up­set and beat the Cowboys in Townsville tonight, where they have won just twice in the past 15 years.

The Cowboys have won 13 of their last 14 games and are ex­pected to have co- cap­tain Matt Scott and winger Matt Wright in the side af­ter shak­ing off mi­nor in­jury con­cerns.

But if the Cowboys need any re­minders of the dan­gers of com­pla­cency, last year’s Round 25 clash against Cronulla is still fresh in the mem­ory.

Miss­ing eight first- choice play­ers through ASADA sus­pen­sion and in­jury, the Sharks faced a Cowboys side still with a chance of mak­ing the top four and at $ 1.03 favourites.

North Queens­land led com­fort­ably for most of the game be­fore a spir­ited Cronulla brought back a seven- point deficit in­side the fi­nal five min­utes to send the game to

We haven’t re­ally put in an 80- minute per­for­mance … so it would be good to get that this week

KANE LIN­NETT

golden point. The Cowboys pre­vailed through a Johnathan Thurston field goal that time and Lin­nett ( pic­tured) said his side wouldn’t be tak­ing the Eels lightly.

“None of us are go­ing into the game think­ing we’re go­ing to put a big score on them,” the Cowboys cen­tre said.

“Each of us has to do our in­di­vid­ual roles and if we do that and ex­e­cute that then I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

De­spite their 13 wins this year, the Cowboys have only the fifth- best points dif­fer­en­tial in the NRL and their big­gest win­ning mar­gin in Townsville is just 11 points this year.

Rather than get too wor­ried about the size of the win, Lin­nett said find­ing the Cowboys’ first com­plete per­for­mance of the sea­son was more im­por­tant.

“We haven’t re­ally put in an 80- minute per­for­mance all year so it would be good to get that this week,” he said.

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