Tau­malolo ‘ has plenty to prove’ as fu­ture leader

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

JA­SON Tau­malolo may be av­er­ag­ing nearly 200m a game, but the Cow­boys for­ward does not feel that those mam­moth ef­forts make him a leader.

The North Queens­land wreck­ing ball stood out as one of his team’s best again on Satur­day night, run­ning for 208m and mak­ing nine tackle busts.

The Cow­boys sunk to eighth on the lad­der fol­low­ing the 24- 16 loss to the Pan­thers, which saw Justin O’Neill ( el­bow) and Michael Mor­gan ( con­cus­sion) side­lined while Lach­lan Coote ( leg) limped through the fi­nal 20 min­utes.

Then it was last year’s joint Dally M win­ner Tau­malolo who led from the front.

But he says he is do­ing his job.

Tau­malolo, who sim­ply last year said he did not know if he had what it took to be a fu­ture Cow­boys cap­tain, said that even with the in­juries, he does not feel like a true leader yet.

He also felt like he was still prov­ing him­self af­ter last year’s egg- throw­ing in­ci­dent, in which he was charged by po­lice.

“I’m try­ing to even­tu­ally be­come a leader,” he said.

“Last year’s in­ci­dent set me back a bit. But there’s enough ex­pe­ri­ence in the team and I’m do­ing my best. I’m learn­ing off a few of the boys.

“Morgo’s a nat­u­ral born leader and he showed that in his short stint on the field ( on Satur­day).

“I’m pick­ing up a thing or two ev­ery now and then but I still think I have a fair bit to go.”

Tau­malolo said when the Cow­boys have been hit with in­juries this year he does not think about lead­ing the team, but more about pick­ing up the work­load.

De­spite his own mis­giv­ings about his lead­er­ship skills, coach Paul Green ap­plauded Tau­malolo’s ef­forts on Satur­day night.

He said the Kiwi star and fel­low for­ward Scott Bolton could be re­lied on to step up.

Cow­boys lock Ja­son Tau­malolo.

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