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Taking stock: 1-3 win-loss

It’s no secret as to what the Toyota Cowboys are working on at training this week.

Cutting down the high error rate that has plagued them during the first month of the NRL season is their main priority heading into the Monday Night Football clash against Newcastle at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Despite boasting one of the competition’s best defences in the first four rounds, North Queensland have a 1-3 win-loss record largely due to not executing in attack like they’re capable of.

Their latest slip-up was a 13-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Monday night in a game that featured an unacceptable 21 errors in possession from the Cowboys.

“We have to lift the intensity at training a little bit and make sure we’re concentrating on the little things, obviously holding the ball being the major one,” co-captain Matt Scott said today.

“We just need to get things right.

“(Monday night) was disappointing, particularly the simple errors, and that’s what we’ve spoken about.

“I thought defensively we were really good and we made some good metres up the middle of the field.

“We had some good attacking plays but we just couldn’t finish them off.”

Scott said the Cowboys couldn’t blame the humid conditions at Robina for their handling issues, saying they were conditions they encountered during their pre-season training.

“It’s got to be a concerted effort to be better at training and be better on the night,” he said.

“We have to get things right at training first and then take that into the game.”