Bolton’s not down in mouth

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH

THEY say bad things come in threes.

If that’s true, Cow­boys prop Scott Bolton will be hop­ing it will be plain sail­ing for the rest of the sea­son as he bat­tles mouth ul­cers in the build- up to Satur­day’s cru­cial clash at Pen­rith.

The con­di­tion is a re­ac­tion to a dose of an­tibi­otics to clear up a chest in­fec­tion he bat­tled be­fore the round 21 loss to the Roost­ers.

Throw in a hy­per­ex­tended el­bow he copped against Mel­bourne last week, and the 30- year- old is hope­ful his rough patch is over.

“With my im­mune sys­tem be­ing beaten down as well, the last month of footy has been pretty tough for my­self,” Bolton said.

“It’s been tough but hope­fully it’s all be­hind me and I feel like I’m on the mend.

“The el­bow’s good. I’ll just strap it again this week­end. The only pain you do get with it is when it straight­ens right out.

“( It was) just a lit­tle hy­per­ex­ten­sion and it wasn’t too bad at all.”

It will be mu­sic to the ears of Cow­boys fans, as the team can ill- af­ford an­other in­jury to an ex­pe­ri­enced prop with Matt Scott, Pa­trick Kau­fusi and Ben Spina al­ready out for the sea­son.

It has been a test­ing but sat­is­fy­ing sea­son per­son­ally for Bolton, who is av­er­ag­ing 132 me­tres and 31 tack­les a game.

Rather than be daunted by the task of lift­ing up front in the ab­sence of Scott and the de­parted James Tamou ( Pen­rith) and Ben Han­nant ( re­tired), Bolton has em­braced the chal­lenge.

Bolton has been el­e­vated to the start­ing line- up this year, is play­ing big­ger min­utes and has taken on a big­ger lead­er­ship role, on and off the field.

He will come up against Tamou for the sec­ond time this year on Satur­day af­ter the Cow­boys won the round 16 battle in Townsville.

“Hav­ing played be­hind Jimmy ( Tamou) and Matty Scott for a num­ber of years, when you get these op­por­tu­ni­ties you rel­ish them,” he said. “I’ve been very ex­cited about the chal­lenges I’ve had this year, and they’ve been very re­ward­ing.

“That ex­pe­ri­ence ( of Scott) is some­thing we have missed, but there’s been a lot of play­ers through­out the year who have stepped up at dif­fer­ent times.”

Cow­boys prop Scott Bolton.

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