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Tariq Sims gets his chance

North Queensland coach Neil Henry says forward Tariq Sims has earned his NRL debut against Newcastle on Saturday with a good attitude and some hard work during the pre-season. The 21-year-old will join brother Ashton, who is five years older and has already played 138 NRL games, in the Cowboys pack for the clash in Townsville. “Tariq will definitely be playing. He’s earned the right to make his NRL debut alongside his brother which is exciting for the Sims family,” said Henry, who’s reshuffled his pack after losing left edge forward Scott Bolton (calf) for three to four weeks. “He’s (Tariq) produced some good trial form and he deserves it for his work ethic at training throughout the pre-season.” Henry said the young Sims was a good worker for his 106kgs and he didn’t lack confidence. “He’s going to find out how quick it (NRL) is out there and being on the bench we can limit or extend his time on the field depending on how he is going,” said Henry. Gavin Cooper, who was solid off the bench in last week’s 16-14 win over Brisbane, will fill Bolton’s spot on the left side which is where he likes to play. Continue reading

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18 minutes into the 16-14 triumph over the Brisbane Broncos and initial estimates of two weeks on the bench have now been replaced by a possible time frame of “two to six weeks”.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

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

The Judiciary

Manly’s Jason King will escape suspension despite being charged with a grade one careless high tackle charge from Monday night’s NRL loss to St George Illawarra. The Sea Eagles co-captain will be free to face the Warriors this week regardless of whether he takes the early guilty plea or fights the charge at the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night. North Queensland second rower Scott Bolton has been named in the second row for this weekend, despite being referred straight to the judiciary for a biting charge. Bolton is the first player this season to be sent straight to the panel without a grading, and will fly from Townsville to Sydney to defend himself. However, the player he is alleged to have bitten – Gold Coast’s Clinton Toopi – is reportedly refusing to provide evidence. Fellow Cowboy Dane Hogan has been suspended for five matches after taking the early guilty plea for a grade four dangerous throw charge. Hogan was facing a possible seven games on the sidelines had he contested the serious charge, after he dumped Titans winger Kevin Gordon.

Cowboys front the judiciary

North Queensland backrower Scott Bolton will face the NRL judiciary on Wednesday night after his biting charge was referred without grading by the match review committee. Bolton was charged after an incident involving Gold Coast centre Clinton Toopi in the fourth minute of the Titans’ 37-18 win on Saturday night. After initially indicating he had been bitten on the finger, Toopi declined to make an official complaint to the referee. But that did not stop the match review committee from charging Bolton, who has been one the Cowboys’ few shining lights this season. Compounding the Cowboys’ woes is a dangerous throw charge that threatens to rub rookie Dane Hogan out until the early rounds of next season. Hogan was charged with a grade four infringement after flipping Titans winger Kevin Gordon on his head. Titans coach John Cartwright labelled the tackle “scary” in his post-match address. Even with an early guilty plea, Hogan would be suspended for five games, which would keep him sidelined until the second round of the 2011 season, with one trial match allowed to be counted as part of the ban. Should he contest the charge and lose, Hogan would be out for seven matches, or until round four next year.

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.