Tau­malolo be­lieves home run will help

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER trent. slatter@ news. com. au

JA­SON Tau­malolo be­lieves the Cow­boys have a re­newed sense of con­fi­dence as they head into this week­end’s bye know­ing they won’t be “chasing their tails” in the run to the fi­nals.

The sixth- placed Cow­boys could need to win as few as three of their last eight games to se­cure a fi­nals berth af­ter a promis­ing run of form dur­ing the tra­di­tion­ally tough Ori­gin pe­riod.

Paul Green’s men have won four from their past five – with the only blem­ish a nail­bit­ing 23- 22 golden point loss to the Storm in Mel­bourne – to be a win clear of the Dragons ( 7th) and Eels ( 8th) while the ninth­placed Pan­thers are still six points adrift.

North Queens­land’s run home won’t be easy as they take on top four sides the Storm, de­fend­ing premiers Cronulla and the Roost­ers be­fore fin­ish­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son with an­other epic derby clash with the Bron­cos in Townsville.

But with four of their last eight games at home as well as tak­ing on Souths in Cairns af­ter the bye, Tau­malolo said the Cow­boys were con­fi­dent they would keep find­ing ways to win.

“It’s great to go into a bye know­ing that we’re not chasing our tails at the end of the sea­son,” Tau­malolo said.

“Th­ese last five games we’ve had, it would have been ideal to win all of them, but I guess there were a lot of good things out of that tight loss to the Storm and it led to back- to­back wins.

“I think it’s just a good freshen- up now to get us ready for the back end of the sea­son and try­ing to have that late run to­wards the fi­nals.

“The boys will be keen for a good break.

“I think I’ll play the old cliche card and say we don’t want to look too far ahead of our­selves and worry about fi­nals. We just want to take it weekby- week.

“Our men­tal­ity for the rest of the sea­son is just go in there and find a way to win.

“Es­pe­cially af­ter the set­backs we’ve had with a lot of play­ers in­jured.”

In­juries have hit hard in North Queens­land, with co­cap­tains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott both out for the sea­son, but mid- sea­son re­cruit Te Maire Martin has al­ready turned heads just one game in to his Cow­boys ca­reer.

The young five- eighth scored two tries in his Cow­boys de­but in Can­berra last week­end and Tau­malolo felt Martin could play an im­por­tant role in their premier­ship charge as he builds his con­fi­dence along­side half­back Michael Mor­gan.

“Not many play­ers can say they de­buted for a club and scored two tries,” Tau­malolo said.

“He played pretty well and he’ll be look­ing to im­prove on that and hope­fully get to know the plays a bit more, but he went out there and did a fan­tas­tic job for us.

“He’s still a bit quiet, ob­vi­ously be­ing new to the team, but given a cou­ple more weeks and with Morgo’s help there, I think he’s more than happy to learn.

“Morgo’s been one of the lead­ers in our team and he’ll def­i­nitely learn a few things off him and hope­fully grow in con­fi­dence and be a bit louder on the field.”

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