Although it will be billed as one of the biggest match-ups of the first month of the new NRL season, Toyota Cowboys coach Paul Green wasn’t going to add much to the North Queensland v Brisbane hype at his weekly media session today.
While Green was happy to say that the round two clash at Suncorp Stadium will be a big occasion, it won’t carry too much extra significance for his team.
“Traditionally they’ve always been big games between the two clubs,” the coach said.
“It would be great to get a win on the road down there but we’re not placing any more importance on it than any other game.
“For us, we’re in the weekly grind now and we’ve just got to prepare well each week.
“Again, it would be nice to win, but you still only get two points for the win so it doesn’t mean anything more.”
Green has made only the one minor change to his squad, adding Ashton Sims to the travelling party of 18 after he missed out on winning a bench spot for the win against Canberra on Saturday night.
A final decision on the game-day squad of 17 will be made later in the week.
“I thought whilst we certainly can be a bit better than last weekend, it was a good win for us,” the coach said.
“We can certainly improve our attack. A couple of dropped balls resulted in tries and I think defensively we can be a little bit better as well.
“The early part of the season we’re still a little bit rusty and that’s only going to get better the more games we play with each other.”