Martin- Morgo link ‘ the way for­ward’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

TE MAIRE Martin has been lauded for bring­ing a new di­men­sion to North Queens­land’s play af­ter a bril­liant de­but for the club against the Raiders on Satur­day night.

Martin showed what he will bring to the team in the ab­sence of Johnathan Thurston, scor­ing two tries as his side claimed a strong 31- 18 vic­tory in Can­berra.

Martin’s tries both came off the back of work from Michael Mor­gan, but it showed the for­mer Pan­ther has a knack for be­ing in the right place at the right time.

Coach Paul Green ( pic­tured) said the young play­maker has “a good nous for know­ing where to be”.

Mor­gan said he also no­ticed this tal­ent from his new halves part­ner and it gave him con­fi­dence that Martin could teach the Cow­boys a few lessons.

“Af­ter ( Martin’s) sec­ond try, I no­ticed it was him there again, which was good,” Mor­gan said.

“That’s some­thing we’ve kind of lacked a lit­tle bit, is that type of sup­port play.

“I guess com­ing from Pen­rith and the way they play, that’s the way they like to do things, is work off off­loads and push up with each other in sup­port.

“He did that re­ally well ( on Satur­day) and it’s some­thing the group could feed off and learn off as well.

“The more he plays with the group and the more he trains with them, the more dan­ger­ous he will be.”

Martin’s new com­bin- ation with Mor­gan is ex­pected to be the way for­ward for the Cow­boys, who have had to use six dif­fer­ent halves com­bi­na­tions this year.

With Johnathan Thurston’s in­jury bat­tles, the Cow­boys have played John Asi­ata, Ray Thomp­son and Kyle Lay­butt along­side Mor­gan, as well as the com­bi­na­tion of Lay­butt and Thomp­son dur­ing Ori­gin.

Mor­gan and skip­per Gavin Cooper are now con­fi­dent that Martin is the an­swer.

Cooper said he ad­dressed it with the team be­fore Satur­day’s win and they know now what they have to work with head­ing into the back end of the year.

“I spoke about it be­fore we played, this is the group for the rest of the year,” Cooper said.

“There’s no more de­bate about who’s com­ing in and who’s go­ing out. We’re run­ning low on troops at the Cow­boys but every­one is re­ally rip­ping in.

“We’ve bought into the ar­eas that we thought we had to work on com­ing out of the first third of the sea­son. This ( Can­berra win) is an­other step in the right di­rec­tion.”

NO DE­BATE: Te Maire Martin, of the Cow­boys, cel­e­brates one of his two tries.

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