PACKING A PUNCH: North Queensland Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo ploughs into the Brisbane Broncos defence during their epic Round 4 clash.
PACKING A PUNCH: North Queensland Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo ploughs into the Brisbane Broncos defence during their epic Round 4 clash. DAN Peledaap

Cowboys set to unleash wrecking ball on Souths

NSW and Australian prop James Tamou has declared Cowboys teammate James Taumalolo capable of producing a Dylan Napa-like performance against South Sydney in Townsville tonight.

The young Roosters forward stole the show last weekend when he went on a seek-and-destroy mission against the Rabbitohs pack, including their inspirational leader Sam Burgess, who was on the receiving end of some bell-ringers from the red-haired tyro.

Burgess will be the centre of attention again against the Cowboys and while Tamou admits stopping the dual English international will be tough, he has backed the Cowboys' own human torpedo Taumalolo to cause some destruction.

"They've had a rocket from the coach (Michael Maguire)," said Tamou, who has regained his hard-running best.

"No doubt Sam and their forwards will come out harder and tougher against myself and Matt Scott and the rest of our forwards. They'll hit us at full force.

"Last week Dylan Napa stopped their go-forward and that was really impressive.

"If someone puts their hand up, anyone can do what Dylan did. Anyone who saw that performance last week will want to do that."

Tamou said Souths would this time have their hands full controlling young bull Taumalolo, who he tipped would be a man on a mission.

"They will no doubt be looking to stop him but I think he will take it as a big challenge and get one over them," Tamou said.

The Cowboys have successive home games, against Souths tonight and the Eels the following weekend, and Tamou said winning both would put them in a strong position.

"We play two good teams, both at home, and if we can knuckle down and really make a mark and a statement about defending the title by starting a run, it will make life easier on ourselves than it has been in the past," he said.

Having kept the Roosters and Dragons both scoreless in their two homes games so far this season, defence will be the key to beating the Rabbitohs, who are coming off a loss to the previously winless Roosters.

"Obviously against Souths, who have a lot more attacking power in the forwards and backs, that (keeping them scoreless) is going to be a lot harder," Tamou said.

"We take a lot of pride in our defence at home because we have a target on our head as champions so keeping teams who are fired up to play us to nil points is a big thing."

Tamou is in talks with the Cowboys about a new contract but says he is keeping his distance and leaving all the negotiations up to his Sydney manager, Sam Ayoub.

"Last year I sat in on the negotiations with my agent and Peter Parr (Cowboys football manager) and it was quite confronting, to be honest," he said.

"I'll just leave it up to them to work it all out."