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COW­BOYS RUN THE GAUNT­LET

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - JON TUXWORTH jonathon. tuxworth@ news. com. au

HAD some­one said at the start of the sea­son that Matt Scott would play just two games and Johnathan Thurston seven, most would have run a red pen through the Cow­boys.

But de­spite the in­jury hard­ships which con­tinue to hound them, es­pe­cially up front, the Cow­boys have shown plenty of grit to stay in the fi­nals hunt.

En­ter­ing the fi­nal month of the sea­sonon the back of con­sec­u­tive losses to the top two teams, the in­jury- rav­aged out­fit can still make the top four, but can also miss the top eight al­to­gether.

Michael Mor­gan ( right) shapes as a key fig­ure for the club with stand- in cap­tain Gavin Cooper likely to join the club’s ub’s grow­ing in­jured list.

The Cow­boys must win at least one more game to ce­ment their place in Septem­ber, and given they’re in the midst of the tough­est six week stretch in the NRL, they’ll have to do it the hard way.

HAD SOME­ONE SAID AT THE START OF THE SEA­SON THAT MATT SCOTT WOULD PLAY JUST TWO GAMES AND JOHNATHAN THURSTON SEVEN, MOST WOULD HAVE RUN A RED PEN THROUGH THE COW­BOYS. BUT DE­SPITE THE IN­JURY HARD­SHIPS WHICH CON­TINUE TO HOUND THEM, ES­PE­CIALLY UP FRONT, THE COW­BOYS HAVE SHOWN PLENTY OF GRIT TO STAY IN THE FI­NALS HUNT.

EN­TER­ING THE FI­NAL MONTH OF THE SEA­SON ON THE BACK OF CON­SEC­U­TIVE LOSSES TO TOP TWO TEAMS, THE IN­JURY- RAV­AGED OUT­FIT CAN STILL MAKE THE TOP FOUR, BUT CAN ALSO MISS THE TOP EIGHT AL­TO­GETHER.

THE COW­BOYS MUST WIN AT LEAST ONE MORE GAME TO CE­MENT THEIR PLACE IN SEPTEM­BER, AND GIVEN THEY’RE IN THE MIDST OF THE TOUGH­EST SIX WEEK STRETCH IN THE NRL, THEY’LL HAVE TO DO IT THE HARD WAY.

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