MUR­RAY EYE­ING OPALS BERTH PAGE 46

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUX­WORTH jonathon. tux­worth@ news. com. au

THEY’VE won four straight games, but Cow­boys full­back Lach­lan Coote is un­der no il­lu­sions they need to “pull their fin­ger out” as they pre­pare for a bru­tal home stretch which will make or break their top four hopes.

The fifth- placed Cow­boys have made their de­trac­tors who wrote them off af­ter Johnathan Thurston’s shoul­der in­jury look fool­ish by win­ning ev­ery game since the cham­pion play­maker was ruled out for the sea­son.

How­ever all four were against bot­tom eight teams in Pen­rith, Can­berra, Souths and the Warriors, and the real test of their pre­mier­ship cre­den­tials awaits. CON­TIN­UED: PAGE 44

HOME STRAIGHT: North Queens­land Cow­boys full­back Lach­lan Coote in ac­tion against the New Zealand Warriors at 1300SMILES Sta­dium. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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