FEELS LIKE HOME
The Cowboys ran riot that day, with even Johnathan Thurston making more metres than any Souths forward and fullback Lachlan Coote expected the vocal Cairns crowd to inspire another strong performance this weekend.
“We’ve obviously got plenty of support up there with the Cowboys,” Coote said.
“It almost feels like a home game and it’s always good to take some footy up to Cairns. They love their footy up there.
“It’s always a tough effort coming up against Souths with the forward pack they’ve got. You let them get a good roll- on and they’re hard to stop.
“If we just keep the ball early and keep completing and turn them around in that hot Cairns sun. I’m sure we’ll be right.”
The match will be a homecoming of sorts for Cowboys utility Ben Hampton, who played his junior football for the Mareeba Gladiators.
Hampton has fond memories of running around Barlow Park as a youngster and he was excited for the chance to pull on a Cowboys jersey in front of his family and friends.
“I think a few of my old schoolmates will head down,” Hampton said.
“My mum and dad will definitely head down.
“I played a lot of rep footy there ( as a junior). We had a few carnivals there. I haven’t played there for a long time so it will be good to run out on the old field again.”
The Cowboys are in an impressive patch of form, having won four of their past five before last weekend’s bye to be on the fringes of the top four.
Coote credited that turnaround to an improved attitude in defence and the classy custodian was confident the Cowboys had not lost any momentum during their short break.
“I think just the effort ( has been the difference). Our ‘ D’ has been outstanding, but the weeks before we were sort of just going through the motions,” Coote said.
“That effort’s been there the last six weeks and everyone’s putting in for each other and I think that makes the game a whole lot easier.
“I back us to get up there in the top four if we keep rolling the way we are. We’ve just got to keep making those extra efforts and working hard for each other and hopefully that’ll take care of itself.”