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Sights fixed on Titans line

Boom young North Queensland Toyota Cowboys forward Coen Hess says he’s just doing his job when he crashes through opposition defence close to the line.

That would come as cold comfort to the Gold Coast Titans – the Cowboys’ Saturday night opponents – whom Hess terrorised in their round four clash in late March.

Showing a nose for the tryline belying his 20-game NRL career, Hess scored two powerful four-pointers that night, the Bundaberg product showing tremendous power and tenacity to cross in traffic on both occasions.

The spotlight-grabbing double was one of three two-try games Hess has produced in 2017, the 20-year-old tyro having scored 13 tries so far at the top level.

“You don’t go in with a mindset of actually scoring the tries, but part of my job is to attack when we’re close to the line and I’ve been lucky to have reaped a few rewards in the form of tries,” Hess said.

“The performances are more about playing to our strengths then specifically targeting certain players.”

Hess will start off the bench against the Titans, joining utility Ben Hampton and fellow big men Shaun Fensom and Ben Spina.

Saturday’s game at 1300SMILES Stadium kicks off at 7.30pm.