FIERCE RIVALS: The Warwick Cowboys are slated to clash with Wattles in Round 3 of the TRL’s draft draw.
FIERCE RIVALS: The Warwick Cowboys are slated to clash with Wattles in Round 3 of the TRL’s draft draw. Gerard Walsh

Home opener for Cowboys

NEW Warwick Cowboys captain-coach Matt Gainey is pleased with his side's draft draw for next year's Toowoomba Rugby League season.

The Cowboys will kick off their season at home to Brothers, before the Warwick-Allora derby in Round 3.

"Brothers will be a good hit-out - they've got the Loxley brothers over from Souths so they will be a big boost to the side," Gainey said.

"I expect they'll be a bit stronger than last year."

Gainey, who was happy with the draw overall, said he was pleased the Cowboys would start their season at home.

"It's always good to start the season at home," he said.

"We enjoy playing at home and we believe we've got the best supporters in the TRL so we're excited to have Round 1 at home."

Gainey said the Cowboys were excited they would not have to wait long to meet fierce rivals, and defending champions, Wattles.

"Wattles will be a good test but we love playing them so we'll be up for it," Gainey said.

"We'll have already played them in the Barrett Shield (February 21) so we'll have had a bit of a look at them.

"That works both ways - we'll have a bit of an idea of what to expect from them but they will have an idea about us.

"Being the beginning of the season, both teams will be fresh and it should be a good battle."

Gainey said the side could go far next season.

"It's a cliché but we'll take it one week at a time," he said.

"But we've always got high expectations.

"The biggest thing for us is culture, when guys are happy and enjoying their footy the wins come."



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