Re­al­ity check to fire up NQ against high- fly­ing Mel­bourne

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUX­WORTH

THE Cow­boys will use the re­al­ity check they copped from the Roost­ers’ sec­ond half am­bush to bring the ruth­less­ness re­quired to pre­vent a fifth straight loss against Mel­bourne on Fri­day night.

North Queens­land hasn’t beaten the premier­ship favourites since the 2015 pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, go­ing on to win the club’s first NRL ti­tle.

The Cow­boys had beaten four bot­tom eight teams in the lead- up to the Roost­ers clash in Syd­neyy y on Satur­day y, and led 16- 6 at the break. But they couldn’t match the hosts’ in­ten­sity once they lifted af­ter half­time and Cow­boys full­back Lach­lan Coote said they learned plenty about the hard edge needed to com­pete with the NRL’s best.

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