Here’s hop­ing Cowboys can shake this off

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE de­mo­li­tion of the Par­ra­matta Eels on Mon­day night was another high point in a re­mark­able sea­son for the city’s beloved Cowboys.

Sit­ting near the top of the ta­ble with five games in the reg­u­lar sea­son re­main­ing, the Cowboys look to be gen­uine premier­ship con­tenders.

Calm un­der pres­sure, ruth­less in at­tack and solid in de­fence, the Cowboys have rarely looked bet­ter.

Like­wise, there is a steely fo­cus and calm­ness about the team’s sup­port­ers this year.

It’s as if they are keep­ing their ex­pec­ta­tions in check be­cause they have been burnt too many times in the past.

So the last thing the club and its le­gion of fans needed — just as they dare to dream — was any dis­trac­tions.

Un­for­tu­nately, that is what they got yesterday when the Cowboys were the sub­ject of a south­ern smear cam­paign.

The Cowboys have been on the wrong end of a few rough calls in re­cent years, and the tim­ing of the latest slur against the club over its salary cap is ques­tion­able, to say the least.

The NRL, to its credit, was quick to hose down any al­le­ga­tions of wrong­do­ing and the Cowboys are com­fort­able they have noth­ing to hide.

But the dan­ger is the mud- sling­ing could un­set­tle the club as it heads into the so­called busi­ness end of the sea­son.

Let’s hope this dis­trac­tion goes away quickly and the Cowboys can get on with the job of play­ing premier­ship- win­ning football.

Go Cowboys.

The tim­ing of the latest slur against the club over its salary cap is ques­tion­able, to say the least

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