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North Queensland forward James Tamou says plenty has been learnt from last Friday night’s loss to Brisbane and the Toyota Cowboys are excited about putting things right in front of their home crowd against the NZ Warriors on Saturday night.

After two pre-season victories, an NRL Auckland Nines triumph and a round one win against Canberra, the Cowboys slipped up for the first time in 2014 against Brisbane after going into the Queensland derby as slight favourites.

“Greeny talked us through what went wrong and the chances we had to win the game that we didn’t take,” Tamou said of this week’s post-match review with coach Paul Green.

“It’s good to get that loss out of the way early so we know what went wrong and prevent it from happening again.

“We know we have to bring our ‘A’ games this weekend if we’re going to match their style of footy.”

Tamou expects to confront a “very fired up” Warriors team who will be desperate to avoid three straight losses to start their 2014 season.

“We’ll definitely have our hands full,” he said.

“However we can still concentrate on our stuff.

“They’ve got to be a bit afraid of us and what we can play out there on the field.

“I think it will be an arm wrestle for the first 20 minutes and then hopefully our halves and backs combination can get the job done.”

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