COWBOYS’ FINALS TRAINING PIVOTAL
EXCLUSIVE COLUMN MORGO’S MAIL
IT’S been great to spend some quality time on the training paddock with my new halves partner Te Maire Martin before we have a tough game against the Roosters tomorrow night.
We had only trained together three times before this week and played just three games which was not ideal, but it seems to have worked for us so far.
We have had the chance to do a bit more footy- specific stuff at training now and not just the captain’s run, which is more of a team session.
Te Maire has already picked up our structures and game plan really well. He has taken full responsibility to learn everything, which is credit to him. It has really showed in the way he has played his first few games since coming into the side.
It’s really important that we keep working on our combinations because everyone knows we have a tough run to finish the season, but we also see it as a good challenge.
We’ve put ourselves in a position to take it on and try to secure a topfour spot.
We know going forward that we’ve got a few big games coming up, but we can’t look too far ahead because the Roosters are up the top of the table for a reason.
They have been one of the better NRL sides for the last few years and I think Mitchell Pearce has been one of the best halves in the competition this season.
He’s been in great form for the Roosters and I’m sure he’s put the Origin stuff behind him like everyone else now so he can just concentrate on club footy.
He will lead them around really well and I’ll have to do the same for our team. I don’t like to overthink things or put unnecessary pressure on myself, but that’s my responsibility.
I’m expecting it to be a tough, physical game up against their big forward pack with players like Dylan Napa and Jared Waerea- Hargreaves.
There’s been a lot of talk about protecting playmakers from big hits this week after Sia Soliola was suspended for his late tackle on Billy Slater, but I think it’s hard to put a blanket rule in place to stop it from happening.
It’s always spoken about after there’s an injury like in Billy’s case, but it doesn’t seem to change anything. It’s just part of the game and we’ve got to try to be smarter about it.
There are certain players in the competition who like to put on big hits more than others, but I think for playmakers like myself it’s just about being aware of who you’re up against and your position on the field.