RUGBY LEAGUE Bruised Feldty keeps his cool
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.”