Matt Scott has been selected by Paul Green to man a spot on the North Queensland Cowboys’ bench for the preliminary final against the Sydney Roosters on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium, but Green indicated that Scott would be holding a purely ceremonial seat unless disaster strikes and the side that sent the Eels slithering back to Parramatta suffers some unforeseen training mishap in the lead up.
Scott saw his campaign come to an early halt in round two of the Telstra 2017 NRL Premiership competition when he ruptured his ACL in a match against the Brisbane Broncos.
The Cows could be looking to throw a spanner into the Chooks’ psyches, as Scott is the sort who changes preparations due to his history of showing strong when it was a big game on the line.
Some are calling the upcoming match State of Origin IV. We suppose that is another mental ploy coming from those who want to conjure the Maroons complete reversal of fortune in this year’s State, when they survived a thrashing on their home ground to convincingly send the Blues back to NSW with tails tucked.
It does not seem as though Scott’s move smacks of desperation in any sense. Scott Bolton, John Asiata, Corey Jensen and Shaun Fensom have filled in quite nicely, thank you very much. Jason Taumalolo seemingly saved his best for the finals and the underdog Cows do not appear completely underdoggy by any stretch.
The Cows have gotten the opportunity to see much of the country, courtesy of their eighth place finish in the regular season, something they have turned into a positive.
It gave them an opportunity to buy some gifts for the Bulldogs, who so graciously paved the way for the Cowboys to sneak into the top eight by dispensing with the St. George Illawarra Dragons.