Cowboys: We’ll lift our game

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Cooper said look­ing af­ter the ball would be key to the Cowboys be­ing a bet­ter team to­mor­row night.

“We just let our­selves down the other day,’’ he said.

“They weren’t toss­ing too much at us and our de­fence re­ally stood up.

“But the way we were get­ting through our sets it was all over the shop and we were com­pound­ing er­rors.

“We put back- to- back drops to­gether and then we would give away a penalty and let them out of their end. When they should have been run­ning out off their try­line, we were de­fend­ing our try­line.

“We can’t do that to Can­berra. They’re much big­ger and they throw the ball around a lot more than Parra do.”

The form of Raiders fiveeighth Blake Austin has caught Cooper’s eye, run­ning off the back of Can­berra’s big for­ward pack.

“They’ve got some mas­sive boys there and their out­side backs have got a bit of off­load and bit of play in them,” Cooper said.

“Blake Austin has been in fine form and he pops up ev­ery­where. He’s prob­a­bly one of the best sup­port­ers of the ball at the mo­ment and we’ll have to be re­ally on our job to keen an eye on where he is.”

Cowboys’ Gavin Cooper.

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