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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