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Scott Bolton out for 2 – 6 Weeks

Cowboys second-rower Scott Bolton could be out of action for up to six weeks as a result of a calf muscle tear sustained in Friday night’s game.Bolton went down about 18 minutes into the 16-14 triumph over the Brisbane Broncos and initial estimates of two weeks on the bench have now been replaced by a possible time frame of “two to six weeks”. Coach Neil Henry said Bolton would undergo MRI scans on the injury this morning but with the results of the scan still to be reviewed he added that an accurate time frame was hard to provide. “He could be out for several weeks,” he said. “It could be two to six weeks depending on how severe it is. The docs say it’s a deep tissue tear so it could be about four weeks.” Bolton’s loss is a bitter blow to the Cowboys and no doubt a tough pill to swallow for the rugged Innisfail Brothers junior, who has been on the fringe of Origin selection for the last two seasons. But Bolton’s absence didn’t prove fatal on Friday as the Cowboys came out tops to break a seven-match losing streak to Brisbane stretching back to the start of 2007. Continue reading

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JT named for Cowboys trial

In an odd twist, Johnathan Thurston may yet captain North Queensland in their NRL pre-season trial against Gold Coast Titans in Cairns on Saturday night – despite his fate as Cowboys skipper hanging in the balance. The classy halfback was on Tuesday named in a strong Cowboys side to tackle the Titans as speculation swirled over his future as leader. The Cowboys have maintained that a final verdict on Thurston will not be made until just before the official season kick-off against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium on March 11. A player leadership group featuring Matt Scott, Brent Tate, Dallas Johnson and Aaron Payne are believed to have a major say on whether Thurston should remain as skipper in 2011. Adding to the intrigue, Payne stood in for Thurston in the Cowboys’ 26-4 trial loss to the Broncos in Alice Springs last weekend. Curiously there was no captain named for the trial clash against the Titans – but Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said nothing should be read into that. Continue reading

4 – 6 Weeks of Payne

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne has been diagnosed with a torn lateral ligament after injuring his ankle during last weekend’s game at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Cowboys medical staff have indicated that the injury will see Payne out for four to six weeks while he undergoes full time physiotherapy.”Aaron’s injury is not as bad as we first thought ? thankfully his ankle is not broken,” Cowboys General Manager ? Football Dean Lance said.

In the NRL casualty ward there are 84 first-grade players worth more than $12 million who are out of action from between one week to the entire season. The figure was calculated using $150,000 as the average player wage. Some of those to consider are Tim Moltzen who will find out today if he is expected to be ruled out for the season, Club trainers immediately feared the 21-year-old had suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament strain but are waiting for the results of yesterday’s scans before making a final diagnosis. Other concerns coming from the Cowboys v Tigers match include James Tamou (concussion) Gareth Ellis (Broken Nose, Tooth Loss) Aaron Payne (lateral ligament tear in ankle.) and Todd Payten (Calf). The Knights have also been dealt a serious blow in their bid to revive their sluggish 2010 season against the Cowboys on Saturday night. Six key players are battling injuries and in doubt. Captain Kurt Gidley (knee), Mat Hilder (shoulder), Daniel Tolar (shoulder), Evarn Tuimavave (ankle), Ben Rogers (elbow) and Scott Dureau (hip) are uncertain starters. Souths captain Roy Asotasi, who strained a knee on Saturday night, is a strong chance to be named to take on the Eels after he completed a full recovery session with teammates. Sydney City Roosters Hooker James Aubusson looks to looks to be sidelined for a month or more with a tear in his medial ligament on Sunday and no damage was done to the anterior cruciate ligament which kept him sidelined for the back end of 2009.

Round 1 Teams – Cowboys Update

Cowboys forwards Carl Webb ($156,000 FRF/2RF) and Willie Mason ($178,100 FRF/2RF) are both in battle, but this time its for a place in the starting side and not in the ring. Mason’s arrival from Bondi to join Webb, Luke O’Donnell ($221,900 2RF) and Aaron Payne ($237,500 HOK) in the Cowboys pack would have at first appeared a certain starter, but due to his late arrival in the north, the former Test and State of Origin enforcer still lacks match fitness. Webb is in a similar boat after missing last the┬átrial against the Gold Coast in Darwin with a calf problem and Coach Henry cannot afford to take two underdone big men into such an important match. “If Willie plays then we might not be in a position to carry both,” the coach lamented. “There’s no doubt he will be underdone,” Henry said of Webb, who could find himself in the Queensland Cup playing for Northern Pride against the Sunshine Coast in Cairns. “We’re pretty happy with how the other players are going. Payne, O’Donnell, Matt Scott ($179,400 FRF) and Scott Bolton ($224,00 2RF) are certainties. Steve Southern ($155,300 2RF), Manase Manuokafoa (137,100 FRF), Antonio Kaufusi ($142,700 FRF), James Tamou ($141,600 FRF) and Steve Rapira ($161,400 2RF) all are worthy of an opportunity against the Broncos. Clint Amos ($93,500 HOK/2RF) is in consideration for a bench spot and Will Tupou (Not Listed) could land in the back row, wing or on the interchange.

Where’s Willie ?

Willie Mason ($178,100 FRF/2RF) trial debut for the North Queensland has almost gone unnoticed except for his hulking frame and applause from the run on. Competing in the first half of the victory over the Queensland Cup team the Northern Pride, Mason failed to have an impact early dropping a couple of balls and generally being avoided by the Prides offence. A couple of hit ups in the second half against the Warriors gave Coach Neil Henry and DT Coaches an indication of what Mason might be capable of this season for the Cowboys. Playing under testing conditions, strong defence coupled with handling errors kept the scores tight for most of the match until late in the second half when the Warriors ran away with three tries to seal the win. “Credit to the Warriors. They seemed to have a bit more cohesion in their attack,” Henry said.”We were a bit disappointing with our attack.” The Cowboys were missing Jonathan Thurston ($268,600 HLV) a late withdrawal with hamstring tightness although Ray Thompson (Not Listed), Grant Rovelli ($159,500 HLV) and Aaron Payne ($237,500 HOK) all showed spark when in the role. Warriors mentor Ivan Cleary was also pleased with his sides pre season form, “A lot of players are playing well at this stage which is a pretty good sign. “I thought we got better as the game went on in terms of our direction and the way we wanted to play. Defensively, we were pretty strong.” Cleary also mentioned that Queensland Origin Star Brent Tate ($148,900 CTW) will more than likely make his return from injury next Saturday in Auckland.

NZ WARRIORS 28 (L Hohaia 2 A Heremaia P Ah Van B Tupou tries B Seymour K Locke R Packer S Johnson goals) bt NORTH QUEENSLAND 6 (O Geia try J Williams goal) at Barlow Park, Cairns.