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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

1. Anthony Mitchell (Eels) – The Eels have struggled to find a regular dummy-half in recent years but with the emergence of 21-year-old Anthony Mitchell in late 2010 their search could soon be over. The highly-rated young hooker boasts all the skills – lightning service, a crisp passing game and speed off the mark. Likely to be part of a three-man rotation for the Eels this year, he will battle for the No.9 jersey with Matt Keating and new arrival Casey McGuire but the general consensus is that the hooking spot will become his alone in the long term. Mitchell played three games for the Eels at the back end of the 2010 season, scoring two tries, and was selected in the Indigenous All Stars side earlier this year.

2. Siuatonga Likiliki (Knights) – Boasting one of the greatest names in rugby league history – right up there with the likes of former Bronco Steele Retchless and South Sydney’s Bronco Djura – Siuatonga Likiliki made a name for himself playing for the Warriors’ premiership-winning Toyota Cup side last season when he scored 19 tries in 25 games. Now with Newcastle, the 20-year-old speedster already has tongues wagging in the Hunter where he will join Akuila Uate in a lightning-fast backline. A Junior Kiwis representative in 2010, Likiliki was named in both the 2009 and 2010 Toyota Cup Team of the Year. Continue reading