North Queensland coach Paul Green says the pre-season Nines tournament victory has been forgotten as the Cowboys focus on their 2014 NRL campaign.
North Queensland coach Paul Green has denied a suggestion there could be a hangover effect at the Cowboys following their pre-season Nines competition success.
The Cowboys won their first NRL title with victory in the weekend-long tournament in Auckland last month, heightening expectations ahead of Green’s first campaign at the helm in Townsville.
A round-one win over Canberra got the Cowboys campaign off to a good start but last weekend’s heartbreaking loss to rivals Brisbane prompted the question whether Green’s men were struggling in the wake of their pre-season win.
“The Nines have been forgotten about,” Green said.
“We’re in the regular season and winning the Nines didn’t put us on two points ahead of everyone else before the comp starts. We’re into the week-in, week-out grind of the NRL now.”
The Cowboys face a Warriors outfit this weekend yet to win following their opening two matches of the season.
Green said while the Warriors have been disappointing in their two performances this season, he’s far from taking them lightly.
“I’m sure they’d be disappointed with both their performances so far,” he said.
“We’ll be coming up against a desperate team and I’m sure (Warriors coach) Matty Elliott will have them fired up, prepared well and ready to go.”