Ma­roons trio keen to shine

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

COW­BOYS skip­per Gavin Cooper says he has no doubt the club’s three Ori­gin play­ers will be at their best for their clash with the Rabbitohs, de­spite the gru­elling con­test on Wed­nes­day night.

Cooper, Michael Mor­gan and Coen Hess are all de­ter­mined to back up for to­mor­row’s show­down in Cairns, just four days af­ter help­ing Queens­land claim the Ori­gin se­ries.

Cooper said he was con­fi­dent that not only would the trio back up well, but that Mor­gan and Hess would carry their Ori­gin form into the match.

“It’s hard to turn up and train two days ( af­ter Ori­gin), that’s a bit tough,’’ Cooper said. “But when it comes time for game day ev­ery­one wakes up keen to play. That’s why we do it.

“Morgo was great last game. We’re go­ing to need him to be that level and some for the rest of the year with the boys we do have out.

“Hessy, he’ll grow in con­fi­dence again. He played a few more min­utes ( in Ori­gin III) and re­ally showed that he fits in that arena. We’ll hope­fully get that out of Hessy this week­end as well.”

Coach Paul Green was also con­fi­dent in what his Ori­gin trio could pro­duce, par­tic­u­larly af­ter their se­ries vic­tory.

“It’s a thing young guys have got to learn,” Green said.

“We’ve got some good ex­am­ples of Thumper ( Matt Scott) and JT ( Thurston) over the years. They take pride in com­ing back and play­ing well for their club.”

Gavin Cooper of the Cow­boys.

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