Chris McQueen may be a forward now, but the Rabbitoh wound back the clock to his early years in first-grade as a centre on Thursday night when he broke through the Cowboys defensive line before putting down the accelerator.
McQueen has found his place in the Rabbitohs line-up in the back row – having also gained representative selection for Queensland in recent seasons in that position. But the extra kilos required to play up front haven’t hampered McQueen’s speed if Thursday night is anything to go by.
With the Rabbitohs attacking the Cowboys line just over half-way, the Queenslander hit the ball at speed out wide before dummying and backing himself through a gap. The forward would ultimately pass back inside to Luke Keary – who was in turn taken by Johnathan Thurston – but the versatility shown by McQueen and his teammates during the match will no doubt be a positive for Coach Maguire.
“I heard Keary calling my name on the inside so I threw the ball,” said McQueen.
“But I probably should’ve just held it, taken the tackle and let the boys do something on the next play.
“We knew we had to win that battle in the middle if we were going to be any chance of winning the game and I think the boys did a good job of doing that last night.”
McQueen added that his team gained confidence from the victory leading into next Friday’s Round 24 clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.
“It always gives confidence to play good footy especially against a quality side like the Cowboys so we’ll take a lot out of that,” said McQueen.
“It wasn’t perfect last night, so the coaching staff will sort of break down the game – we’ll have a look at that throughout the week and see the things that we need to improve on. I’m sure there’s going to be plenty of improvement areas.”
The Rabbitohs will return to ANZ Stadium next Friday night to take on the Bulldogs in Round 24 of the Premiership. Members and supporters are urged to Assemble and cheer the boys over the line! Purchase your tickets now!