RU­N­AWAY BRON­COS TRAMPLE BULL­DOGS PAGE 41

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AF­TER a lack­lus­tre start to the sea­son, the North Queens­land Cow­boys have become the best de­fen­sive side in the NRL over the past six rounds.

In their first 11 Cow­boys con­ceded per game.

How­ever, a mid- sea­son re­view was the cat­a­lyst for a fresh ap­proach which has seen the Cow­boys con­cede just 12.83 points per game since Round 11.

The im­proved de­fen­sive ef­fort has helped coun­ter­act the ab­sence of star play­maker Johnathan Thurston, whose sea­son was ended by a shoul­der in­jury. rounds, the 20.18 points

HEAVY CON­TACT: Cow­boys stars Michael Mor­gan and Coen Hess dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion at 1300SMILES Sta­dium. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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