Asiata, Fensom ready to front up
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.”