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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18 minutes into the 16-14 triumph over the Brisbane Broncos and initial estimates of two weeks on the bench have now been replaced by a possible time frame of “two to six weeks”.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


Cowboys undecided on JTs offsider

Youngsters Ray Thompson and Ben Jones are locked in a battle for the contentious five-eighth spot in the North Queensland Cowboys side to play the Broncos at Suncorp Stadium in a round 1 NRL match on March 11.The Cowboys used six players there last season with Grant Rovelli, now with Mackay, getting the most starts (nine) in the key position. Other players tried at five-eighth were Thompson, Arana Taumata (both four games), Michael Morgan and Matt Bowen (three) and Anthony Watts (one). Taumata has signed with Penrith and Watts with the Sydney Roosters. Thompson will start in the No.6 jumper against Gold Coast Titans in Cairns tomorrow night, with Sydney Roosters signing Jones to come off the bench. Continue reading

Cowboys Halves depth tested

The halves depth at the Cowboys lies in tatters with both young guns Michael Morgan and Ray Thompson cut down with injury and no chance of playing tonight against the Rabbitohs. In the cruelest twist possible for 20-year-old NYC skipper Thompson, the shoulder he injured in round seven against the Eels dislocated again at training late last week and his 2010 season is over. Morgan is battling his way through a rotator cuff injury that will almost certainly need surgery but he will be rushed in to play next weekend against the Raiders. The loss of Thompson is a particularly bitter blow following impressive performances in his four NRL games this season. It also comes after he was ruled out of the majority of 2009 with a dislocation in the other shoulder. ”Ray Thompson unfortunately injured his shoulder again in our contact session on Thursday, it’s a partial dislocation in the same shoulder so it looks like his season’s over,” coach Neil Henry said. ”He’ll go and get surgery on that which is a real disappointment for Ray. ”He’s already had the other shoulder reconstructed so he will be out again. ”The depth of our halves is being tested across the club because he’s gone and Michael Morgan has got a shoulder problem as well. When asked if Morgan would also need surgery at some point this year Henry replied ”I think it’s going to end up that way”.

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.