The Toyota Cowboys may be on the verge of sealing a top eight spot for the fourth straight season, but coach Paul Green doesn’t want his players to start thinking about finals football just yet.
North Queensland consolidated seventh place when they secured a hugely impressive upset win over South Sydney at ANZ Stadium last Saturday night.
That victory, combined with their +175 for and against record, means Green’s team can virtually assure themselves of finals football with a win over Cronulla at home on Monday night.
But the rookie coach is taking nothing for granted, saying that until the finals spot is earned, no one can begin thinking about what the finals may hold.
“It’s really dangerous if you start looking too far down the track,” Green said today.
“We were very good in most areas last week, but there’s certainly areas we can be better in.
“This week is just another opportunity where we can polish those parts of our game that still need improvement.”
Green has opted to name the same team that defeated Souths to take on the Sharks, with representative prop James Tamou to continue his recovery from a neck injury off the interchange bench.
After being given two days off training, the Cowboys will return to work tomorrow to begin their preparations for their second Monday night match in three weeks.
They then have to contend with a five-day turnaround before tackling Manly in the home and away season finale.