Forwards added to bench for Cowboys
Tuesday June 19, 2012
Front-rower Ashton Sims is out of the North Queensland Cowboys’ line-up to face Canberra on Saturday night with either Cory Paterson or Scott Bolton to take his place for the Women in League round clash at Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Sims today entered an early guilty plea to his grade two careless high tackle charge and will be free to return for the Cowboys in round 17 against the NZ Warriors in Auckland.
Coach Neil Henry today named a five-man interchange bench for the Canberra game, including both Bolton and Paterson, with a final decision on who will gain Sims’s position to be made later in the week.
Bolton, who is the frontrunner for the spot, has played three games in the NRL this year, while Paterson has made two, the last coming two rounds ago against the Gold Coast Titans.
The Cowboys’ starting 13 against Canberra is identical to the one that took to the field in Friday night’s rugged 12-0 win against the Brisbane Broncos which lifted the Cowboys to sixth on the NRL ladder.
To celebrate Women in League round, the Cowboys will wear pink jerseys for the first time, with co-captain Johnathan Thurston to also don pink headgear and wear pink boots.
The match-worn jerseys will be auctioned online next week to raise money for the Stillbirth Foundation.
North Queensland Cowboys: 1 Matthew Bowen, 2 Ashley Graham, 3 Brent Tate, 4 Kane Linnett, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Johnathan Thurston ©, 7 Ray Thompson, 8 Matthew Scott ©, 9 Aaron Payne, 10 James Tamou, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Glenn Hall, 13 Dallas Johnson. Interchange: 14 Michael Morgan, 15 Ricky Thorby, 16 Scott Bolton, 17 Jason Taumalolo, 18 Cory Paterson (one to be omitted).
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