Cowboys’ victory delivers injuries
COWBOYS young guns Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Reuben Cotter will miss this week’s clash against the Bulldogs, with injury depriving North Queensland of two stars from Sunday’s breakout victory.
Cotter, in a new role as a middle forward, ran for 141 metres and made 45 tackles against Wests Tigers.
However, he has been ruled out with a foot issue, with Jason Taumalolo set to start in the No.13 and Corey Jensen retaining his place on the bench.
Tabuai-Fidow will also be confined to the casualty ward after picking up an ankle injury.
Cowboys coach Todd Payten said the teenage tearaway was sent for scans on Tuesday, after a flight delay back from Sydney caused him to miss a late afternoon appointment with a specialist.
“It could be two weeks, it could be surgery which means longer,” Paytens said.
“It wasn’t overly swollen today which was positive, and he said it wasn’t too sore.
“He’s disappointed he was out for a period, I think he had a really good game.
“He’s feeling confident in the centres, we got some early clean ball and showcased what sort of talent he possesses.”
Payten confirmed Taumalolo would start. Coen Hess will move to prop, with Francis Molo reverting to the pine.
Payten said forward Tom Gilbert was still at least a week away from a Cowboys return.
The lock made his comeback from a broken fibula on
Saturday for the Townsville Blackhawks, running for 117m and making 23 tackles in 49 minutes.
The 20-year-old demonstrated enough to impress Payten, but the later stages of the game took its toll.
“Tommy needs another week or two,’’ Payten said.
“His first stint was very good, he moved well, but once the fatigue set in he had a bit of a hobble and didn’t get around the ground that great.
“NRL is a lot faster than Q Cup, we just have to be patient and give him the opportunity to get some confidence in his own body before we throw him into a much faster environment.”