Despite the Cowboys going down on in their most recent outing, Rabbitohs forward Ben Lowe is certain that North Queensland are still very much in a patch of form and pose a threat this Saturday night.
The men from Townsville have won four of their last five matches leading into this week’s round 24 clash, including a 64-6 thrashing of the Wests Tigers just two weeks ago. The Cowboys went down by only a single point against the third-placed Panthers on Monday night – a result that Lowe says is sure to provide motivation this week.
“They’re playing some great footy themselves,” said Lowe.
“I know they’ll be hurting after that loss on Monday night, but it’s going to be a tough game for us.
“Any team with Johnathan Thurston is going to come up with some sort of dangerous play. We’ve got to be on our game so they don’t sneak up on us.”
But the Rabbitohs have hit a patch of their own good form, winning their last five consecutive matches beginning with round 19’s defeat of the Eels at Paramatta, before going on to defeat competition front-runners, Manly, and most recently, the Brisbane Broncos.
“We’ve just sort of narrowed our focus to week, to week,” said Lowe.
“We’re happy with the way things are going. We’re here to win games of footy and we’ve got a couple under our belt.
“But we’ve got a big task coming up on Saturday night with the Cowboys. They’re a great team, they’re going to be in the run for the finals I’d say. We’re going to turn up and look for a good hit-out.”
Lowe added that he is looking forward to what promises to be a classic forward battle at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night, when two of the game’s biggest forward packs come together.
“They’ve got some strike weapons across the park and a fair forward pack themselves,” said Lowe.
“It’ll be a great battle of the forwards I think to see who gets the room for the outside backs to move.”