Scott couldn’t escape this hit on Young Tonumaipea.
Scott couldn’t escape this hit on Young Tonumaipea.

Judiciary piles more pain on Scott

THE Cowboys have copped yet another blow in what has been a disastrous 2018 after Matt Scott was found guilty of a shoulder charge and ruled out of Thursday's clash with Manly.

The North Queensland veteran - who was surprisingly overlooked for a place in the Maroons side this week - went to the judiciary to fight the charge that came out of his side's loss to Melbourne.

However, he was unsuccessful in his bid to avoid a one-match ban.

Scott will now miss Thursday's showdown with the Sea Eagles in Sydney, which is a blow for the Cowboys who are already missing the likes of Gavin Cooper, Michael Morgan and Coen Hess to Origin.

While there is plenty of experience still in the side, including Scott's co-captain Johnathan Thurston, the Cowboys can only afford three more losses this year if they are any chance of making the top eight.

Scott said he did everything he could to ensure it was not a dangerous tackle, but the judiciary saw otherwise.

Scott couldn’t escape this hit on Young Tonumaipea.
Scott couldn’t escape this hit on Young Tonumaipea.

"It's disappointing," he said. "Obviously it didn't go the way we wanted it to.

"I've seen a lot of tackles in games recently that are a lot more dangerous and resulted in injury so it's quite frustrating to be given a week for, in my opinion, a pretty innocuous tackle.

"It's a fast game and there's a lot of situations that you get yourself into some positions you don't want to be in. I did as much as I could to make that situation not dangerous."

The loss of Scott means the Cowboys will now be sweating on the fitness of fellow prop Scott Bolton, who suffered a rib cartilage injury in Friday's loss to the Storm.

Bolton did not train on Monday, but the club will give him the chance to prove himself in their final session of the week today.


Scott Bolton watches training from the sidelines. (Zak Simmonds)
Scott Bolton watches training from the sidelines. (Zak Simmonds)


"He didn't train [Monday] so last session [Wednesday] so we'll see how he goes," coach Paul Green said of Bolton.

"He copped a bit of a knock on the ribs.

"I think last year in particular guys really did put their body on the line for the team so I don't think that (willingness to play through injury) is ever in question with our group.

"He wasn't the only one (last year) … I expect if he's close to being right, he'll play."

Meanwhile, Green has welcomed Lachlan Coote and Ethan Lowe back after they were dropped to reserve grade two weeks ago.

The pair will return to the starting side and Green is hopeful they are ready to step up to the challenge.

"Hopefully they're clear on why they weren't included in the team (for the past two weeks)," Green said.

"Now is their opportunity to get back in the team. It's up to them."

Green will also start Enari Tuala in the centres this week, with Ben Hampton dropping back to the bench, while Francis Molo or Corey Jensen are the most likely to come into the starting side for Scott.


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