Cowboys boss says side is in top form

COWBOYS chief executive Peter Jourdain believes there is a simple reason for his club's turnaround on the paddock ... it is no longer the Origin period.

North Queensland has won three consecutive games since the taxing state representative series, including two on the road, and it now sits in seventh place.

The Cowboys will face the Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday night.

"We're going well now because of a combination of a few things - one being that State of Origin is over," Jourdain told APN.

"Something definitely has to be done about the schedule, like playing Origin in a stand-alone period."

While the debate about player welfare during Origin has been around for ages, Cowboys coach Paul Green has not.

After the rookie NRL coach's team struggled in the first half of the season, Green seems to have finally found a winning formula.

"The players now seem to be adapting to the defensive structures that Greeny has brought in," Jourdain said.

"(Prop) Matt Scott is back from injury and JT (Johnathan Thurston) is firing back in the No.7 jumper."

The Cowboys' opponent this weekend is a team that experiencing dramatically contrasting fortunes at the moment.

The Tigers have suffered two straight losses, and the speculation over a rumoured feud between captain Robbie Farah and coach Mick Potter has not died down.

"We're not using that as an excuse.

"We've got issues to fix up on the field - we've got to be grinding out wins," Tigers five-eighth Blake Austin said.

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