No changes ahead for starting pack
The Toyota Cowboys have travelled to Sydney with the 18 players named by head coach Paul Green for the Friday Night Football meeting with Parramatta at Pirtek Stadium.
The final make-up of the North Queensland interchange bench has yet to be announced but the starting 13 will remain the same as the Cowboys try to end their winless run away from home in 2014.
Parramatta are unbeaten at Pirtek Stadium since round 21 last season.
After Friday night, the Cowboys’ next game won’t be until the Monday night clash with Newcastle – a break of 17 days.
It includes their first bye of the season in round 14.
“You enjoy your bye a lot more coming off a win compared to coming off a loss and given the fact the competition is tight, wins are important,” Green said.
The coach revealed he had spoken to NRL referees’ boss Tony Archer this week following a couple of contentious video referees calls that went against the Cowboys in last Saturday night’s win against Melbourne.
Green believed the Cowboys should have been awarded two tries – to Matthew Wright in the first half and Matt Scott in the second half – that were ruled as no tries on the field and upstairs.
“We agreed on one and we probably agreed to disagree on another,” he said of his chat with Archer.
“All the coaches want is consistency and hopefully we get that this week.”