Cowboys halfback Chad Townsend has revealed one key part of North Queensland’s blueprint to the 35-4 demolition of the Parramatta Eels.
Townsend pre-empted Parramatta’s lack of experience on the wing and wanted to take full advantage given Kyle Feldt’s aerial abilities.
“It was a great game for us, we had a really good week of training and preparation for us,” Townsend said.
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“Parra have been playing some really good footy, they’re a top four team and we wanted to see where we’re at so defensively I thought we were outstanding tonight.
“There was a bit of preparation during the week so we spoke about Hayze probably hadn’t played as much wing as (Kyle) Feldty has and Feldty’s obviously one of the best in the game at getting over people.
“So the situation came up where we got a bit of a two pass off Tommy off the edge there and I put it on the spot and Felty did the rest.
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“He’s a quality winger he’s been playing really well and you put it on the money and he does the rest, it was a great try by him.”
The Cowboys’ ability to keep the Eels scoreless for 60 minutes and then have the endurance to score three tries in the last five minutes was a true testament to coach Todd Payten.
“He’s been massive. Since the day I arrived up in Townsville he’s been really great,” Townsend revealed.
“A lot of the preseason was defensively focused, him and Dean Young have really taken on board our defence.
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“We’ve done a lot of tackling on the mats a lot of wrestling and the boys have had really sore shoulders in the preseason.
“We just spoke about playing the game the right way. The Cowboys DNA [is to] defend and turn up for one another and competing. Tonight I really think we showed that we’re here and we want to do something with the comp this year.”
Expectations are growing after North Queensland’s surprising start to the season but Townsend is not getting too ahead of himself.
“It’s a cliche but we’re taking one week at a time,” Townsend said.
“We want to get better we just had a bit of a debrief of our performance and we know we’ve got improvement in us but we’re ticking the boxes at the moment, we’ve had a pretty hectic schedule over the last few weeks with a fair bit of travel.
“I’m looking forward to getting back home against the Knights.”
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