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[h=1]Young Cowboys impressive in physical match[/h] [EMAIL=""]ANTONY STEWART[/EMAIL] | February 18th, 2013

THE new-look under-20s Cowboys showed enough defensive spine to indicate they could be a force in 2013.
Despite going down 20-18 to Northern Pride at Barlow Park, they held their Queensland Cup opponents scoreless in the final 40 minutes and won the half 6-nil, giving coach Todd Wilson plenty to be happy with.
While tries will always come in the attack-focussed under-20s, an ability to stop them makes the best teams in the competition.
"The Pride had plenty of possession, but we kept them to nil in the second half, so I couldn't fault them there," Wilson said.
"It was very physical and I thought our guys were good physically and once they got a bit of confidence in their ability to compete, I think they were a bit better."
With a team packed with debutants, the young Cowboys started nervously, giving up the first try inside five minutes, but worked their way into the game and led 12-6 at quarter time after an impressive four pointer from Javid Bowen.
Junior Australia Kangaroo and lock forward Chris Grevsmuhl was a stand-out for North Queensland.
"Whether he played on an edge or in the middle, he really led from the front for us," said Wilson.
He added that whether the NRL-contracted player played under-20s or Queensland Cup would be a "week-by-week" decision this year.
Execution in attack will be a focus heading into next week's trial along with ball control after a scrappy second 40 minutes from both teams.
"But I was really happy with the attitude and the application to what we're doing," Wilson said.
Cowboys-contracted players Blake Leary and Ethan Lowe played for the Pride, with back-rower Lowe being particularly impressive.
He played a crucial hand in a stunning 100m-plus try right on half-time that started in Northern's own in-goal and went through at least eight sets of hands and ultimately proved the difference in the final outcome.
Patrick Kaufusi injured his knee early and didn't return to the field, but Wilson said he didn't expect it would be serious.
NORTHERN PRIDE 20 (H Murgha 2, S Tadulala, B Anderson tries; E Lowe 2 cons) d COWBOYS UNDER-20s 18 (J Bowen, J Kalleher, C Jensen tries; J Bowen 3 cons) 

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