Cowboys brace for Storm test
VETERAN prop Matt Scott says the Cowboys still have the self-belief to turn their misfiring NRL season around against ladder leaders the Melbourne Storm in Townsville on Friday night.
Pressure is already mounting on the Cowboys after they slumped to a third straight loss against the Raiders on Saturday, with mistakes leading to tries again proving their downfall in the 30-12 defeat.
The Cowboys made twice as many errors as the Raiders, including a combined eight from halves pairing Michael Morgan and Jake Clifford as they struggled to build any momentum after giving up two tries inside the first eight minutes.
The task won't get any easier against a Storm outfit which has won their past eight matches against the Cowboys, but Scott said that could also be the incentive they need to address their worrying form slump.
"That's a great motivation for us to try and get our stuff together, I guess. We're going to have to otherwise they could put a clinic on us," Scott said.
"We've got to stay positive. We've got a pretty young side. We've got a few different guys in key positions and they're all really good players.
"Everyone's still got confidence in our roster and our team and what we're trying to do.
"We're not far off. If we keep working hard and then try and execute on Friday night then there's no reason why we can't get a win against Melbourne."
The Cowboys have been beaten by a combined 50-12 in the second half of their losses to the Raiders and Sharks and Scott called for more individual accountability to prevent their errors from snowballing.
"We're only a couple of per cent off, but we're a couple of per cent off in a lot of areas. It's obviously making it very tough to put together full 80-minute performances," Scott said.
"We just made too many errors in that first half (against the Raiders) and couldn't quite build enough momentum and it just made it a bit too hard for us to come back in the second half.
"I think individually we've all got to get ourselves ready … across the board we're mentally not quite preparing well enough for games and knowing our roles and executing those roles.
"I think this week's about everyone getting their own backyard in order and making sure that we bring our best Friday night."
Coach Paul Green felt the Cowboys had still shown glimpses of their best and he was confident they have the experience in the squad to overcome their disappointing start to the season.
"It's amazing what a win can do and at the moment we just need to scrap and find a way to get a win under the belts and try and build on that," Green said.
"It's not all bad. We're just not doing it for long enough in games and when we're under pressure we're probably just not dealing with that well enough, defensively in particular.
"We need to fix it, but I'm confident we can. I think there's a number of teams in the competition at the moment that still haven't found their rhythm."