Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Drinking water stars as cowboys outnumber Titans –

Todd Payten admitted he suffered a welcome headache after Scott Drinkwater’s outstanding performance in the 30-4 NRL demolition of North Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Drinkwater had a direct hand in three of his team’s five attempts, filling in fullback for injured star Hamiso Tabuai-Fido at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday.

Equally impressive was the Cowboys’ defense, holding their opposition for just one attempt at home for the third time this season as they moved down the ladder to fourth.

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Select Drinkwater’s best moments were a scintillating performance in the 31st minute, when he was left untouched by a scrum, showing and showing two defenders before dummy David Fifitta in the corner to score.

Cowboys coach Payten indicated that when Tabuai-Fido returns in the next week or two, he will have to find a place to drink water.

“It’s a good headache,” Payten said.

“Scotty was strong tonight and he had some classy involvement.”

The Cowboys (4-3) enjoyed Lion’s possession throughout, pinning the Titans in their own half with deep kicks and defensive line momentum, which they have pursued through round seven.

The defeat dropped the Titans 2-5 after starting the season with high hopes for their talented squad.

“No one is happy with this. We have not received an answer at the moment,” said Titans coach Justin Holbrook.

“We’re trying stuff, it’s not working what we’re changing and we go back to the drawing board and have a big week.”

Holbrook experimented by taking the human wrecking ball David Fifita to the centers – perhaps hoping to repeat the success of Cronulla’s Siocifa Talcai – but Fifita was knocked out by Valentine Holmes and fell well short of the mark. Was.

“We had to do it for the injury, but wanted to test it there too,” Holbrook said of the positional switch.

“We have to try things, we are not winning the game. So we tried it but there is limited preparation.”

After taking a 16-4 lead at the break, the Cowboys ran into two unanswered attempts in the second half and Gold Coast were unable to capitalize on their numerical advantage when Jeremiah Nanai went to the bin in the 52nd minute.

Returning to the field, Nanai promptly kicked off a kick from halfback Chad Townsend and showed no interest in getting his hands on the 19-year-old to score untouched with the Titans’ goal-line defense.

Drinkwater put up a hard-running Heelum Luki through a hole in the 72nd for the final four-pointer.

In the first half, Tom Dearden, Murray Taulagi and Drinkwater all found the line for the hosts, while the Titans ran a run through Jamayne Isako.

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