Cowboys finals equation the same: Morgan

North Queensland five-eighth Michael Morgan said the Cowboys’ finals equation remains the same despite suffering a 16-10 NRL qualifying final loss to Melbourne.

The Cowboys will regroup and host Brisbane in Townsville next Friday in an elimination semi-final, still requiring three victories to secure back-to-back premierships.

“We came into the finals series needing three wins and that’s still what we need,” Morgan said.

“We’ll take it one game at a time. It sounds boring but at this time of the year, that’s what we have to do … it’s do or die.”

The Queensland sides have met twice this year and both derby games were decided by a single point.

In round four, the Broncos were victorious 21-20 and the Cowboys took the spoils 19-18 in round 11.

Not to mention last year’s grand final epic, famously won 17-16 by the Cowboys in golden point.

Morgan tipped the semi-final to be another tightly-fought encounter.

“It just comes from the mutual respect for each other I suppose,” Morgan said.

“We know a lot of their players and we’ve played in big games against each other so it brings the best out of both teams.”

Morgan faces a huge individual showdown with in-form opposite No.6 Anthony Milford but he backed his side’s defence to be up to the task.

“(Milford’s) obviously a very exciting player and one that I enjoy watching, but hopefully I won’t enjoy it too much next week,” Morgan said.

“He’s good at pulling defensive lines apart and he’s got a strong power base as well, he might be shorter and look small but he is very strong and he’s very elusive and has good feet and speed.

“But if we defend as a team and as a line, then hopefully we’ll limit his opportunities.”

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