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McLean earns man of the match honours

Jordan McLean was undefeated as North Queensland Toyota Cowboys captain heading into Saturday night’s clash with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and while he wasn’t able to keep his perfect record intact, he continued his run of impressive performances as skipper.

Filling in for injured captain Michael Morgan, McLean ran for 108 metres and chipped in 24 tackles, earning himself Tropic Petroleum man of the match honours at post-match presentations at the Cowboys Leagues Club.

“The last eight minutes took a lot of tarnish off what was a really good performance,” Cowboys head coach Paul Green said.

“There were some guys who really did their jobs well, Tommy Opacic was really good, Jake Granville played well and Jason Taumalolo was excellent again. The guy we gave man of the match to really had some intent with how he carried the footy and got us on the front foot and that was Jordan McLean.”

McLean said the side wouldn’t dwell on the heartbreaking loss to the Rabbitohs and instead would regroup quickly to focus on the trip to Sydney to face Cronulla on Thursday night.

“It would have been good to keep that record intact as captain, but it wasn’t to be and we were really disappointed with the loss,” McLean said.

“We’ve only got five days until out next job and that’s the Sharks on Thursday night, so we’ll look at this game, learn from it and then turn our attention to Cronulla.”