Cowboys will be ready to round up young Tiger
NORTH Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston has made sure rookie Wests Tigers fullback Kurtis Rowe has a restless night after declaring the 20-year-old would be targeted in tonight's NRL clash at Campbelltown.
Rowe replaces injured No.1 James Tedesco who is facing an extended stint on the sideline with an ankle injury.
The Tigers will be hoping young Rowe is as good as one of their other Keebra Park High recruits, Benji Marshall.
Thurston admitted he didn't know a great deal about the Kiwi-born Rowe but warned he would get a decent introduction to the NRL from the Cowboys.
"I don't know much but I heard he lit up the under-20s," he said.
"I think it is his debut and no doubt we will try and test him there.
"Every player gets tested in their first game and especially playing fullback.
"They've some really experienced wingers, Pat Richards and David Nofoaluma, to help him out so we will see how we go."
Tigers coach Mick Potter was looking at playing the vastly experienced Richards at fullback or even shifting Tim Simona to the number one spot until Rowe's under-20s coach pushed his case strongly.
The Cowboys have been preparing to handle Richards' spiralling torpedo kick offs and bombs, but Thurston said the big job would be against ball control and set completions which were the key to their easy victory against Newcastle last weekend when they found their attacking mojo again.
"Look, we can't get too far ahead of ourselves after one good win," Thurston said.
"The challenge is to back that up this weekend against the Tigers and keep building.
The Tigers won over a lot of fans with their authoritative victory over Manly last weekend and at Campbelltown will enjoy strong fan support against the Cowboys, who are not great performers on the road.
The Tigers received a boost before tonight's clash with winger Nofoaluma signing a three-year deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2017 season.
TIGERS V COWBOYS
Campbelltown Stadium, 7.30pm
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