Warwick Cowboys under 18 players Patrick McGahan, Brodie Murphy, Lincoln Cutmore, Joe McIvor and Michael O’Keefe prepare for the knock-out semi-final tomorrow.Photo: Gerard Walsh
Warwick Cowboys under 18 players Patrick McGahan, Brodie Murphy, Lincoln Cutmore, Joe McIvor and Michael O’Keefe prepare for the knock-out semi-final tomorrow.Photo: Gerard Walsh

Young Cowboys in semi-final battle

IT will be make or break for the Under 18 Warwick Cowboys when they go head-to-head with Souths in a knock-out semi-final of the Toowoomba Rugby League tomorrow.

Coach Jon Thomas said he was quietly confident the boys could get over the line but didn’t want to assume anything.

“In the first game we had against them, we tied, but in the second game we beat them 34-12,” he said.

“We have one player out but we have another bloke who can fill in for him quite well.”

Thomas said the main threat from Souths was their strong kicking game so it was important no penalties were given away in front of the goal posts.

“And they’re a very fast, mobile team so we’ll need to be right in their faces the whole game with defence,” he said.

Thomas said he had high expectations of Dale Coombs, Regan McNichol and Lincoln Cutmore but knew the whole team could perform.

“Overall we have been very strong this season, it’s only been a few times the boys haven’t travelled or had the pre-game preparation that we have fallen over,” he said.

“Our strength is in our defence and forward pack.

“We just need to keep control of the game and the ball and not give away silly penalties.”

After a loss to Valleys last weekend, Warwick missed out on a spot in the top three so they are now in a must-win situation for the rest of the season.

The game kicks off at Clive Berghofer Stadium at 4.20pm tomorrow.

In reserve grade, Wattles will battle with Goondiwindi in the 5.40pm game tomorrow. As with the Cowboys, it is a knockout semi.

Goondiwindi and Newtown play in A grade at 7.10pm.

On Sunday, the minor semi-finals are Goondiwindi and Valleys (U18), Dalby and Pittsworth (reserve grade),Valleys and Brothers (A-grade).

The first game is C grade at 10am, with A grade at 2.30pm.



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