The Cowboys won the game, but the talk is whether or not an injury will force Gold Coast Titans back-rower Luke O’Dwyer into early retirement, after he suffered a suspected ACL injury.
With both O’Dwyer and Greg Bird injured for the Titans, the news compounded the loss for the Titans, who were outplayed by the Cowboys at 1300 Smiles Stadium, a game the Townsville-based side won 22-10.
For O’Dwyer, it was clear from the get-go that something was wrong in the 68th minute, when the veteran went down as Cowboys players signalled to the sidelines for help.
With the 30-year old still to undergo scans on his knee, Titans coach John Cartwright is hopeful that the injury is nothing serious.
“It’s a tragedy mate, if it’s what they think it is,” Cartwright said.
“He’s going to definitely be missed for the rest of the year and there’s a faint hope that it’s not an ACL but they’re not usually wrong when they diagnose those things.”
Bird received better news, with the earlier clutching at his back just into the second half later deemed as back spasms.
With a win against the Dogs last week, Titans prop Nate Myles says electronic cigarette health risks the loss of two veteran back-rowers is no excuse for their performance.
“I think the work ethic of both of those guys is a definite strength of theirs but it wasn’t the end of us, we still didn’t play the footy we wanted with the guys on the field,” he said.
It was the Cowboys who led from start to finish, with Johnathan Thurston starring once again, as did Matt Bowen, whose future is still up in the air.
The Cowboys were never in doubt, as their veterans stepped up when required and led their side to victory.
There was concern over in-form representative Matt Scott who went down clutching at an ankle, but he said it was only because he had been corked on a nerve.
Despite the victory, Cowboys coach said the key for his side was to hold onto the ball and improve their completion rate moving forward.
“We accept that we made too many (errors) tonight and we had to grind it out then at the end and I thought they didn’t really look like scoring too many tries when we’re defending well,” Henry said.
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