Asi­ata, Fen­som ready to front up

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Fen­som didn’t train with the Cow­boys on Wed­nes­day as he nurses rib car­ti­lage dam­age suf­fered in last week’s win over the War­riors, but his team­mates ex­pect him to play.

Asi­ata played in the un­der- 20s at the Roost­ers be­fore fol­low­ing Cow­boys coach Paul Green to Townsville.

He bat­tled in­juries in Syd­ney and at one point bal­looned to 123kg, and cred­ited WaereaHar­g­reaves’ men­tor­ship for help­ing him come out the other side.

“I know a few of the guys there, go­ing through the un­der- 20s sys­tem some of them helped me out when I was a ju­nior,” Asi­ata said.

“Har­g­reaves was a big one, I did a lot of work with him. When I was in­jured he was a men­tor for me, help­ing me out diet wise and train­ing.

“When we’re on the field it’s a bat­tle in the mid­dle, but off it we’re mates.”

Fen­som is known for play­ing through pain and Asi­ata ex­pects him to do so again against the sec­ond- placed Roost­ers. In- form prop Scott Bolton also missed Wed­nes­day’s train­ing run with the flu, but isn’t in any doubt to play.

It is the first of three games against top four op­po­si­tion in the next month as the Cow­boys look to se­cure the dou­blechance in Septem­ber.

“I ex­pect ( Fen­som to be there but they’re just mon­i­tor­ing him at the mo­ment,” Asi­ata said. “I had it ( rib car­ti­lage in­jury) maybe two weeks ago, it’s pretty sore when you go into con­tact but Fenno is a very ex­pe­ri­enced player.”

Dally M medal­list Ja­son Tau­malolo praised Asi­ata and Fen­som for play­ing above their weight in the ab­sence of co­cap­tain Matt Scott, and the departures of James Tamou and Ben Han­nant.

“I think they’ve held their own in the mid­dle, we’ve def­i­nitely played big­ger packs ( than ours),” he said.

“The Raiders have a few giants and Fenno def­i­nitely played well against his old club ( in round 17) and the War­riors pack too,” Tau­malolo said. “Fenno and Johnny have been play­ing their roles in the team well and hope­fully they can do it for the rest of the year.”

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