Saturday (30/05/2015) NRL 2015 Round 12 match is between Nth Queensland Cowboys and Manly Sea Eagles. The opening bounce is set to commence at 19:35 local time with the game to be played at 1300 Smiles Stadium. The home team Nth Queensland Cowboys are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between Nth Queensland Cowboys and Manly Sea Eagles.
When: 19:35 | Saturday 30/05/2015
Where: 1300 Smiles Stadium
Tip: Nth Queensland Cowboys at $1.38
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote 2 Matthew Wright 3 Justin O’Neill 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Michael Morgan 7 Johnathan Thurston (c) 8 Matthew Scott (c) 9 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo Interchange 14 Ray Thompson 15 Ben Spina 16 Ben Hannant 17 Sam Hoare 18 John Asiata 19 Rory Kostjasyn 20 Patrick Kaufusi.
Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart 2 Jorge Taufua 3 Jamie Lyon (c) 4 Steve Matai 5 Peta Hiku 6 Tom Symonds 7 Kieran Foran 8 Jake Trbojevic 9 Matt Ballin 10 Luke Burgess 11 Blake Leary 12 Justin Horo 13 Dunamis Lui. Interchange: 14 Feleti Mateo 15 Willie Mason 16 James Hasson 17 Ligi Sao.
He’s yet to hit double figures in the Cowboys jumper, but reborn fullback Lachlan Coote already considers himself one of the leaders in the team.
Coote was one of North Queensland’s best in Saturday night’s rugged 8-0 win over the Wests Tigers in Campbelltown, turning away numerous assaults on his tryline and directing the team with his lethal left-footed kicking game.
“Cootey was outstanding for us tonight, particularly under those high balls and the kick returns,” coach Paul Green said post-game.
“He also was there when he needed to be on some of their last plays.
“They had a few grubber kicks and he was there to clean those up as well.
“He had a big night, Cootey. I’m really happy for him.”
While it was just his ninth appearance in Cowboys colours, the former Panther made it his mission to stand up in the absence of Origin stars Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan, James Tamou and Matt Scott.
He finished the night with 166 metres on 15 carries, and 397 metres from 11 kicks.
“I’ve been around for a while now. This is my eighth season,” Coote said.
“I consider myself a senior player and it’s about time I step up and take that role.
“With them being out, I’m in a key position to do that sort of job. I guess I had to step up tonight.”
Coote moved to Townsville at the beginning of last season but failed to play a game after tearing his pectoral muscle in the Auckland Nines tournament.
After Michael Morgan’s breakout season at fullback last year, there were questions surrounding how the 25-year-old would fit in Green’s line-up.
However Morgan’s smooth transition into the frontline has allowed Coote to make up for lost time in a career plagued by injuries.
“That’s what it’s been throughout my whole career, injuries holding me back,” he said.
“This year I’m making the most of it and just playing footy.
“I’ve been around the team for almost a year and a half now.
“I know the boys, it’s like a family up there.
“I’m very happy to be a part of the boys now and playing alongside them.”
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