Sims brothers on-field reunion a chance
Friday 15 February 2013 4:51 PM
Toyota Cowboys front-rower Ashton Sims will kick off his 11th season as an NRL footballer in the pre-season trial against his first club, St George Illawarra, in Cairns on Saturday night.
Still only 27, Sims should bring up 50 matches for the Cowboys in round one against Canterbury in Gosford next month, and he's just 14 matches short of 200 for his career.
He'll be back in his usual Cowboys role this weekend, providing interchange bench support to the game’s two best props, Matthew Scott and James Tamou.
“We’ve had a really tough pre-season and I’m actually looking forward to how my fitness goes and just playing again,” Sims said.
“You train for so long during the off-season and there’s nothing on the weekends.
“Now you get to play on the weekend so there’s a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.
“This is definitely up there with the strongest I’ve been and fittest I’ve felt to start off a year.”
Saturday night’s match gives Sims the chance to play with his younger brother Tariq, who made a successful comeback from his double leg fracture in last Saturday’s opening pre-season trial against Brisbane.
Tariq will also be on the bench for the Cowboys against the Dragons and there’s a chance the duo could enter the action at the same time.
“It would be really tough coming off what he [Tariq] has the last two years,” Ashton said.
“You’d think he’d be a bit tentative but from all reports he played alright against the Broncos.
“It’s just going to be little baby steps. He’s just not going to come back and be a terror straight from the start.
“He may take three or four games to get back into it and I think he’ll be back to his best.”