2022-04-14 04:13:00

Chad Townsend has hit back at the critics that tipped the Cowboys to get the wooden spoon and opened up on his booming partnership with Tom Dearden.

In an interview with Jess Yates — which will air on Fox League at 7pm on Thursday Night League — Townsend also revealed the piece of leadership advice he’s learnt from ex-Sharks teammate Michael Ennis.

After finishing 15th last season, many had tipped the Cowboys to come last this year. There were also question marks over the club’s decision to sign Townsend on a three-year deal said to be worth around $800,000 per season.

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Asked if he takes the wooden spoon predictions personally, Townsend said: “I guess I do.

“(Delivering success for the Cowboys) is something I want to do,” he added.

“People say we can’t make the finals, I mean people tipped us to come last at the start of the year.

“You hear that noise, you hear people speak about our team and it doesn’t sit right with me. So I guess I do take it personally and it would be good to prove a few people wrong in that aspect.”

The Cowboys are sitting eight after two wins from their first five games. Both wins — 26-6 over the Raiders and 38-12 over the Broncos — have featured Townsend and his halves partner Tom Dearden heavily.

Ironically there were a lot of doubts over the partnership because it was thought that they were too similar.

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But Townsend believes that’s not the case at all.

“I think it’s pretty off (the mark) to be honest,” he said.

“I did hear a little bit of that. But to me Tom’s best attribute is his running game and we’ve seen that over the first five weeks of the competition.

“My message to him is always run the ball and take the line on. He’s only a little man but he’s got the heart of a lion.

“We spoke in the off-season about playing (in a way) that brings out our strengths and that’s what we’re trying to do at the moment.”

Cowboys halves Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden after their win over the Raiders.Source: FOX SPORTS


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Townsend was appointed co-captain alongside Jason Taumalolo for this season and revealed a little something he learnt from Ennis.

“The likes of Luke Lewis, Paul Gallen and Michael Ennis… A lot of the things I might say to our younger (Cowboys) guys I’ve learnt from those guys when I was younger so I’m really grateful for those experiences,” he said.

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“One things that always sticks to my mind is one thing Michael Ennis said to me. When you feel like you’re under a little bit of pressure or things aren’t going well for you, just focus on fundamentals. Focus on the basics, why you play the game and why you love the game.

“We all love the game and sometimes try too hard. So just focus on the fundamentals like pass, catch, run hard and tackle hard.

“At the end of the day if you can do those things well you’re on your way to having a good time and being successful.”

Catch the full interview with Jess Yates at 7pm on Thursday Night League.

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