Tigers fight through illness and injury to beat Cowboys

Tim Moltzen

It was a week that could perhaps be described as tumultuous, but Tigers coach Tim Sheens was pleased that his side was able to secure their 5th consecutive win, after a win over the North Queensland Cowboys at Campbelltown.

“We had plenty of issues and I’m really happy with the way the boys aimed up … I’m pretty happy with the way the boys stuck together in defence in particular,” Sheens said.

“Liam Fulton (shoulder) pulled out yesterday. Chrissy Lawrence wasn’t going to play, we had a little bit of illness and other issues in the camp. We just didn’t get in a training session, a really decent training session until yesterday (Saturday).

“I know every club has those sorts of issues but we had Matty Utai and Lote (Tuqiri)go home with the flu on Tuesday, so it was just one of those weeks.”

With the Tigers welcoming back Robbie Farah following his Origin duties, the NSW hooker admitted that he was feeling a bit battered and bruised, heading into the game.

“It was a tough game and I actually would have preferred to play a couple of days ago,” he said.

“You’re still on a high after the game on Wednesday night … when you have a few days off the soreness kicks in.”

“The boys helped me through it and the fact that we had a fair of possession got me through the game even though I was a little bit scratchy.”

Cowboys five-eighth Johnathan Thurston also backed up from Origin, and put the loss down to poor execution from his team.

“I thought we had enough ball but our execution and play down their end was pretty poor,” Thurston said.

“Errors, bad passing, dropped ball, we just let them off the hook too many times.”

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