Cowboys forward Corey Jensen looms in left field. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Cowboys forward Corey Jensen looms in left field. Picture: Zak Simmonds

Jensen backs Scott to face Storm

COWBOYS prop Corey Jensen says he's happy to put his dreams of a starting spot on hold as inspirational skipper Matt Scott recovers from a knee injury to face the Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium tomorrow night.

Scott limped from the field in last weekend's heartbreaking loss to the Rabbitohs with a grade-one strain to his medial collateral ligament, which could have ruled him out for up to three weeks.

The veteran prop still needs to prove his fitness in today's captain's run, but he completed some light running earlier in the week and looks set to take his place against Melbourne.

Jensen would be in contention to start for the first time at NRL level should Scott be ruled out, but he was confident the Cowboys co-captain would get himself back on the field.

"I'd be happy to put my hand up. That's something that I've been striving for and if the opportunity comes then I'll take it with both hands," Jensen said.

"But in saying that, it would be good to have 'Thumper' out there. He's a great leader and I'm sure he'll be desperate to get back out there and play.

Cowboys Matt Scott in the hands of the trainer as he injured his knee against Souths. Picture: Zak Simmonds
Cowboys Matt Scott in the hands of the trainer as he injured his knee against Souths. Picture: Zak Simmonds

"He's an inspiration to the club. He puts the club first in everything and he's 100% behind his rehab and trying to get back out on the field and I'm sure he will get out there on the weekend."

Jensen produced the finest performance of his 26-game NRL career against Souths, running for 178m off the bench which was second only to 2016 Dally M champion Jason Taumalolo (186m).

The 24-year-old has thrived in that impact role, but Jensen expected he'll still need to improve on last weekend's effort to help the Cowboys overcome their poor record against the Storm.

"We have to start stringing wins together and there's probably no bigger test than this weekend against the Storm," he said.

"They're hard at the best of times, but to come off a loss and come up here and Smithy (captain Cameron Smith) will be back ... they're going to be a desperate side.

"I've got to come on, bring some energy, and lead on from what those starters do, if not bring a bit more impact and try and change the game."