RUGBY LEAGUE Bruised Feldty keeps his cool

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH jonathon. tuxworth@ news. com. au

THE Cow­boys have dubbed it “grubby” and “rub­bish”, but North Queens­land prop Scott Bolton has praised Kyle Feldt for not re­tal­i­at­ing an el­bow to the face from Joey Leilua in Satur­day’s win in Can­berra.

A frus­trated Leilua lost his com­po­sure late in the match, struck out at the winger, and was sent to the sin bin.

The Raiders cen­tre was ex­tremely for­tu­nate to avoid a charge from the match re­view panel. It is the sec­ond time he has lashed out at a Cow­boys player this year af­ter he punched Gavin Cooper in the round one win in Townsville.

“It’s grubby play but I’m not go­ing to buy into that. I’m not go­ing to com­ment on the ju­di­ciary, it’ll do my head in if I start wor­ry­ing about the ju­di­ciary,” Green said.

Bolton said Feldt had shown team- first dis­ci­pline by not re­turn­ing serve at Leilua and likely join­ing him in the sin bin.

Asked if he thought Leilua de­served a sus­pen­sion, Bolton said: “It’s not for me to com­ment but I’m prob­a­bly more stoked that Feldty didn’t buy into it.

“He could have quite eas­ily have bought into that rub­bish and we’d be with­out a man our­selves.

“I walked up to him af­ter the game and said I’m happy he didn’t get caught up in that sort of rub­bish and it’s some- thing Feldty has worked hard on.

“It’s im­por­tant you don’t lose your head. If he wants to do that and cost his team with 10 min­utes in the bin or some time on the side­lines, that’s up to him.”

De­spite sev­eral in­juries to key play­ers this year, in­clud­ing the loss of star play­maker Johnathan Thurston for the year, the Cow­boys en­ter their fi­nal bye of the year in sixth spot.

They’ve won both matches since Thurston suc­cumbed to a shoul­der in­jury, and Bolton says they haven’t lost faith.

The ac­qui­si­tion of Shaun Fen­som on sea­son eve and Te Maire Martin’s ar­rival have helped ease the loss of Thurston and Matt Scott.

Fen­som was bril­liant off the bench against his old side on Satur­day, while for­mer Pan­thers five- eighth Martin scored two tries on Cow­boys de­but.

“We spoke about it when Johnno was ruled out for the year and ev­ery­one’s lifted a gear,” Bolton said.

“It’s im­por­tant we do that for the rest of the year, which is a big chal­lenge.

“Fenno’s been un­be­liev­able for us. Some­one said when he looks in the mir­ror, I think he’s sees an ex­tra 12- 15 ki­los.

“He plays well above his weight and is con­sis­tent ev­ery week. Hope­fully he can con­tinue it for us.

“We’ve got a lot of be­lief we can get the job done as long as we work hard for each other.

“The big­gest thing at the mo­ment is build­ing com­bi­na­tions with Te Maire com­ing into the squad.”

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