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For the next 26 weeks of the NRL Dream Team Competition, I’ll be reviewing the rounds top performers.  To make it in this list each week a player must have a season average of 45 or more and score 50 points or more in the review round.  Mid season, I’ll review the top performers in all the key positions using a different criteria for each position.

There were mixed results across the board in round 1, a few players ventured into the 40’s but only eight broke into the 50’s.  Some high priced stars were disappointing – Corey Parker, Nathan Hindmarsh and Paul Gallen and on the other side of the coin Ashley Harrison (62) and Aiden Tolman (60) were exceptional – the only players in the round to break 60 and for Ashley Harrison, the only Titan to break 40. 

Johnathan Thurston returned to Dream Team form; scoring 55 points and no doubt will make the Cowboys faithful very happy.  It was a case of what could have been though – JT loosing 16 points from mistakes, the worst from the Top Performers.  Continue reading

JT happy with Coach Henry

North Queensland star Johnathan Thurston has issued a warm public endorsement of his embattled club coach Neil “King” Henry on the eve of a make-or-break season.In the countdown to Friday night’s NRL season opener against the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium, the Cowboys co-captain moved to quash speculation he stands bitterly divided from Henry. Thurston admits the pair “butt heads” and have heated arguments, placing stress on their relationship at times, but he argued that was reflective of a healthy coach-captain partnership. “Our relationship is a mix of things … you do butt heads at times, you do have disagreements, but that’s healthy and those type of situations are due to the fact we both love the club so much and want it to do well,” Thurston said. “We have a good captain-coach relationship. I’ve known Neil for a while now, ever since I’ve been at the club (2005), and we’re both so passionate about the Cowboys. Continue reading

Henry given 6 weeks!

Neil Henry has been given six weeks to save his coaching career. The Sun-Herald has been told the North Queensland coach will be punted if he is unable to immediately turn around the fortunes of the underperforming club. 

The ruthless nature of life as a coach in the NRL was highlighted when Brisbane’s Ivan Henjak was sacked this week before a ball had been kicked in the 2011 premiership. Ironically, his replacement, assistant coach Anthony Griffin, had been earmarked as a target for the Cowboys if Henry suffers the same fate. Like Henjak, Henry has a strained relationship with senior players. Despite denials from both parties, it is an open secret that there has been friction with star playmaker Johnathan Thurston. The Cowboys are yet to confirm whether Thurston will retain the captaincy. There is no shortage of potential replacements with Wayne Bennett, Ricky Stuart, Michael Maguire, Mal Meninga, Daniel Anderson, Nathan Brown and Jason Taylor among those available. Continue reading

Titans 24 – Cowboys 22

The old firm of Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen were reunited for North Queensland in Cairns on Saturday night, but Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince’s conversion after the siren spoiled the party in their NRL trial match. The Titans’ Clinton Toopi scored in the final minute before Prince spotted the winning conversion to claim a 24-22 win in atrocious conditions at Barlow Park in Cairns. It was not before the Cowboys’ star pair Bowen and Thurston combined magnificently to please coach Neil Henry. Bowen has spent much of the past three seasons battling a series of knee injuries, but is finally back to full fitness. Henry was thrilled to see the pair link up for a try just prior to half-time and knows it’s imperative they have standout seasons if the Cowboys are to be a force in 2011. Continue reading

All Stars Injury round up

Several All Stars players are licking their wounds after Saturday night’s brutal clash at Skilled Park, with Canberra forward Joel Thompson in doubt for the start of the NRL season with both rib cartilage and a hip flexor complaint. Manly’s George Rose was sporting a busted nose after a head clash with Thompson, while Melbourne Storm recruit Beau Champion was still seeing stars after being knocked out trying to tackle Petero Civoniceva. Meanwhile, Jharal Yow Yeh was feeling the effects of an accidental elbow from Canterbury-Bankstown hooker Michael Ennis. “Obviously Beau, not in great shape, Georgie Rose, I couldn’t look at him at three-quarter time, I had to turn around,” Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley said after the match. “He was busted and bleeding but he’s quite tough. I said to him ‘you don’t have to go back on’ but he said ‘I want to go back on’. Continue reading

Thurston confirmed to miss 6-8 weeks

The injury to North Queensland Toyota Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston’s right ankle has been confirmed today as a medial ligament tear, which will see Thurston rested for 6-8 weeks. While the Cowboys captain will miss the rest of the club’s NRL season, Thurston’s orthopaedic surgeon will take the opportunity to perform surgery tonight to remove Neuroma (nerves) from both feet. Thurston has suffered from foot pain for a number of weeks and is expected to make a quick recovery from the procedure.

Thurston cleared to play

North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston has won his appeal against a detrimental conduct charge at the NRL judiciary. Thurston contested the grade one charge via video link from Townsville after he was sanctioned following an expletive-laden rant at referee Jason Robinson. The Queensland and Australia halfback was furious at a forward pass ruling by Robinson in the dying stages of the struggling Cowboys’ 24-20 loss to Manly on Saturday, and sarcastically told the official he should be “man of the match” The three-man panel found in favour of Thurston, after a lengthy, and at times bizarre, hearing in Sydney. Thurston is now free to face South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Monday.

The Judiciary

Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston will need to win a case at the NRL judiciary to play again before State of Origin II on June 16. Thurston has been hit with a grade one detrimental conduct charge for his expletive-laden complaint to referee Jason Robinson about a forward pass in the final minute of North Queensland’s 24-20 loss to Manly on Saturday night. The Test No.7 will miss Monday night’s ANZ Stadium clash with South Sydney regardless of whether he enters the early guilty plea or unsuccessfully defends the charge at the judiciary. With Origin players to be stood down from round 14 games – when the Cowboys meet Canberra – Thurston’s only chance of playing again before game two of the series is to win a case at the judiciary. The struggling Cowboys, currently 14th on the NRL ladder, have until 12pm on Tuesday to decide whether they will fight the charge. Continue reading