WHO NEEDS TO LEAD THE WAY?
Michael Morgan, left, and Scott Bolton, below, have lifted their games to another level for most of the season, and they will have to continue to do so. Morgan registered 11 tackle breaks against Melbourne last week and has made it a focus to take on the defensive line. His set plays with fullback Lachlan Coote are getting better each week as he adjusts to life without Thurston. Bolton has taken on a leadership role on and off the field with Matt Scott out, and he has been in near career best form. For the Cowboys to go far into September, the fringe forwards who have been thrown into the deep end like Corey Jensen, left, and Sam Hoare need to at least break even with their rivals when they come off the bench.