Having prevailed over the Warriors’ 20s last week in Auckland, James Shepherd’s men will be in for another tough task here in Round 22 against a North Queensland side baying for Minor Premiership honours.
Returning to training earlier this week, Shepherd said his team are at the point where they must put together consecutive wins if they are hopeful to play at the business end of the year.
“It was a gutsy win, a real close one (v the Warriors),” he said.
“It’s always a tough trip across to Auckland. They had plenty to play for after their efforts against Manly the week before, so we knew that we would be in for a tough game.
“It’s good to come back with the two points, and it’s getting to that stage now were if we want to play finals footy we have to start stringing back-to-back wins together.”
Going down to the Cowboys by a big margin when the sides squared off in Round 16, Shepherd is well aware of the need to be up to the challenge from the first whistle tomorrow afternoon.
“They’re a quality side and we learned that when we played them up in Townsville,” he said.
“They’re right up there and they’ll be looking to stay in the minor premiership race. But we’ve prepared well, and we’ll be doing our best to turn things around from Round 16.”
The Holden Cup clash is set down for a 3:15pm kick off, with the NRL match between the Sharks and Cowboys to get underway at 5:30pm.
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