Cue the speculation and innuendo that Neil Henry’s job at the North Queensland Cowboys is once again in jeopardy, as his Cowboys side were run down by a late Canterbury Bulldogs surge, as the Belmore side took the game out 36-26 at 1300 Smiles Stadium.
It was the Cowboys who had all the running and momentum and were leading 20-12 at one stage, before the Late surge by the Bulldogs got them over the line, with the Cowboys missing influential half Johnathan Thurston who sat out the game due to a persistent groin injury.
With their halves depth already stretched, the Cowboys received more bad news on top of the loss, with Michael Morgan re-injuring his shoulder, with scans to determine the extent of it.
With a big clash coming up next week, Bulldogs coach Des Hasler knows that getting a win at the tough, hostile ground in Townsville was imperative for his side.
“It’s always a tough game up here,” he said.
“We 2 piece manually operated electronic cigarettes knew the Cowboys were under a bit of the pump having only recorded four wins, and obviously they’ve had a few out so we count ourselves fortunate we got the two points here.”
Hasler was honest about the game – he thought the referees got too involved in matters.
“I think you can sum it up this way – we were ugly, the Cows were probably a little bit uglier but the referees were the ugliest,” he said.
Not one to shy away from criticism, Henry admitted that there is indeed pressure on both he and his underperforming side, and was disappointed at the manner in which they lost.
“The boys are putting in a fair bit of work for each other against a very big pack, I think we contained them quite well for patches of that game and you look at conceding six tries and you think ‘where did they come from?'” he said.
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