Top four still a reality: Thurston

NORTH Queensland Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston will make a quick visit to Mackay this Thursday, as the team continues its push for a top-four finish in this season's NRL premiership.

Thurston will make an appearance at Mackay Toyota's showroom between 2.30 and 3.30pm on Thursday, but the rest of the visit is closed to the public.

The Cowboys slipped to fifth on the ladder after a loss by penalty in golden point time to the Rabbitohs last Friday, but Thurston is convinced his team deserves a top-four slot for the finals series.

The Cowboys play Cronulla at Dairy Farmers Stadium this Saturday night, followed by a vital final round clash with the Warriors in Auckland on Saturday week.

Thurston said the Cowboys deserved to be a top-four team.

“There's still four points on offer and if we can win these two games coming up we'll give ourselves the opportunity of playing a home semi-final,” he said.

“Throughout the year we've deserved to be where we are. It's been a bit shaky over the last couple of weeks but we've got a good team and we'll bounce back.”

Accompanied by Mackay Toyota dealer principal, John Glanville, Thurston will make a private appearance at a North Mackay school on Thursday.

He will visit the class who won Mackay Toyota's Plant a Tree For JT school competition, which was developed to encourage more local schools to get involved in National Tree Day 2011.

He will be the special guest at a private luncheon at Virgin Australia Stadium, exclusively for Autocorner Fleet Solution clients.

Because of limited time, both these visits are closed to the public and media.

Glanville said he is honoured to have a rugby league great such as Thurston visit the dealership.


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