Cowboys brace for big clash

Warwick Cowboys coach Gary Lawrence has no doubt the A-grade encounter between his team and Wattles tomorrow will be a game and a half.

"It doesn't matter where Wattles and Warwick are on the table, they always lift to play each other," Lawrence said. "Wattles are a good attacking side and we will have to work on our defence."

Lawrence said with regular five-eighth Chris Enslow in Canberra due to family commitments, English forward Jack Smith had been named in the position.

"He started in the position in the loss to Brothers on Sunday. Jack has a good set of hands and runs hard at the line," Lawrence said.

"We were experimenting last week for this week's game. Regular hooker Paul Cantwell played five-eighth in the second half and Garth Miller moved to hooker.

"Garth did a good job at hooker and won some of the players' awards."

Lawrence is wary of the attacking flair of Wattles trio Russell and Glen McMillan and Burwood Robinson.

"If we allow them to run, they will beat us all over the park," he said.

Warwick is ahead on the table but Lawrence said that would mean nothing when the game started.

Wattles coach Glen McMillan said he was really looking forward to the game against Warwick.

"Our players have shown a bit more resolve in the past two weeks," he said.

"The boys are always keen to play Warwick."

Warwick has six players currently in Clydesdales colours and McMillan said this was a good opportunity for his players to test themselves against the representative players.

He is confident his centres can match Warwick centre Michael O'Keefe, a star of the recent 47th Battalion Carnival.



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