Linnett has Bronco Hodges in his sights
Tuesday 23 July 2013 11:12 AM
Toyota Cowboys centre Kane Linnett is hoping the Maroons' Midas touch rubs off on North Queensland as they attempt to keep their NRL finals hopes alive against Brisbane at 1300SMILES Stadium on Friday night.
With their season on the line, Linnett is hoping the Maroons contingent of Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Brent Tate will be able to reproduce their outstanding game three form in the Rivalry Round clash.
"They make a big difference (to the side), especially the boys coming back from Queensland - I thought they played really well," Linnett said.
"We really need them to come back here and play like they did the other night (in Origin III)."
Like the Broncos, North Queensland need to win six of their final seven games to stay in the top eight mix.
Linnett said they were not ruling themselves out of the finals hunt just yet.
“It (making the top eight) is hard to do but we do have the team to do it," he said.
Another Queenslander is in Linnett's sights ahead of the crucial derby - Broncos centre Justin Hodges.
Despite hinting that 2013 could mark his Origin swansong, Hodges turned back the clock to help steer Queensland to more success.
Linnett said he enjoyed the challenge of coming up against one of the game’s premier centres.
"Definitely getting up in his face, not giving a player like that too much time - he's too dangerous," he said when asked how Hodges’s influence in the game could be reduced.
"(But) I love coming up against Justin Hodges, try and test myself out.
"I have played Hodgo a few times, and each time he is a bit of a handful - I just have to be on my game."
The Cowboys face the daunting task of accruing more points in the final seven games than they have registered in the first 19, but have a fully fit squad set to play five of their final seven games at home towards achieving their target.