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Beware the wounded Cowboys


JOHNATHAN Thurston’s “off night’’ against Cronulla last weekend featured a rare botched kick that allowed Sharks centre Gerard Beale to streak away for a try.

But it also finished with two try assists and two linebreaks.

That probably explains why South Sydney players need no convincing about the danger of the soon-to-be four-time Dally M winner.

Bunnies No. 7 Adam Reynolds said Thurston was ‘’like a bottle of wine that keeps ageing and gets better’’.

Issac Luke said a tough month lay ahead for Souths but the stiffest challenge awaited them in Townsville tonight.

“Every week will be a test for us, but this is the biggest one,’’ Luke said.

“They’ve been playing outstandin­g, and ‘ JT’ has been outstandin­g leading the boys around. It’s like he’s getting younger. He’s awesome. Every year he brings new things to the table.

“(Reynolds) is going to continue to turn people’s heads. At the moment, I know he wants to work on a few things, and whatever he can bring to the table we love. He gets his chance to go up against the best halfback in the world at the moment. It will be good for him.’’

Reynolds, who was given a refresher playmaker’s course by Thurston’s Maroons’ understudy Daly CherryEvan­s last weekend, said of tonight’s contest: “JT does mostly everything differentl­y, which is what makes him the best. He’s always on the ball and a really good competitor.

“It’s not only him, but the rest of the team are playing out of their skin – I feel as though he’s getting better, but he’s also got a lot of help around him.

“We need to be focused and stay switched on.”

 ??  ?? CREATIVE TOUCH: Cowboys ace Johnathan Thurston.
CREATIVE TOUCH: Cowboys ace Johnathan Thurston.

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