The North Queensland Cowboys, have headed North on the table to place more pressure on teams vying for a top 4 spot. Their 3rd straight win in a row wasn’t always pretty but the 2 points were vital, and it has now signaled the end of the Rabbitohs season.
1. Granville puts hand up to replace Cameron Smith for Queensland
Since his stellar first season with the Cowboys, Granville hasn’t quite hit those same heights since, whilst a couple of injuries here and there haven’t helped. On Sunday he laid the platform for the Cowboys win with a mammoth outing consisting of 2 line breaks, 2 try assists and a try earned the praise of Joey Johns labeling him as the best defensive hooker in the competition!
2. Rabbitohs need every player giving 100%
May seem like an obvious statement, however, when you look back to the Rabbitohs of 2014 they had Koroisau coming in for the suspended Luke and he produced an admirable performance. In fact, every player in that premiership winning team was playing out of their skin and it’s something Maguire would do well to remind his troops of.
3. Hess is close to unstoppable close to the try line
Another week another try, Hess has steamrolled the competition this year and has 11 tries to his name, many of those coming from barging his way over the line through pure brute strength. Has there ever been such an impressive season from such a young forward!
4. Rabbitohs playing for their future
Tyrrell, Sutton and even Tom and George Burgess may be looking over their shoulder at players coming through grade. Add to the fact the club has to recruit well before the next season and some players may be playing for their future in the coming weeks and need to step up.
5. Cowboys genuine premiership contenders, or pretenders?
Even the most ardent Cowboys fan would have been hard pressed to say they had any chance given their two most influential players are out for the season. Morgan has taken leadership of this team and added much-needed direction to a team usually devoid of ideas without Thurston. Coote and Granville are two mature heads capable of competing with the best of their opposite number, consistently and the Cowboys forward pack is so potent. I’m not ruling out a grand final appearance this year and if they make it anything can happen.
6. NRL getting it right by taking games to other cities
New Zealand’s south island, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, Bathurst and Cairns have all hosted games this year and I may have missed a few others. Crowds at these games have been superb and I know how much it means to them. Having trial matches in Toowoomba when I was a kid was one of the highlights of the year, and it is an awesome chance to get to see your idols play. A great initiative by the NRL that will encourage more kids to get involved in the game!
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