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Toyota Cowboys coach Paul Green expects that his Canterbury counterpart Des Hasler will be in a volatile mood heading into their round 20 NRL clash in Sydney this weekend.

While North Queensland are coming off a confidence-boosting away win against Cronulla on Friday night, the third-placed Bulldogs suffered a shock 48-18 defeat against Wests Tigers on Sunday after being torn apart in the second half.

“Des being Des would probably be putting a rocket up them this week,” Green said today.

“We’ll need to play well. I’m sure they’ll be ready for a good game.

“It’s a good challenge for us.

“They’ve got a big, skilful forward pack, a bit of second phase play in them, so we’ll need to tackle well this week.”

The coach today selected an unchanged squad for the annual Reconciliation Cup clash at ANZ Stadium.

“We had a good win away so there’s no reason to change,” Green said.

“We should get some confidence out of last week and hopefully keep improving for the rest of the year.”

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