Cowboys coach Paul Green is not panicking but he is surprised they were denied a crucial try in last round’s NRL loss to New Zealand.
No panic but plenty of surprise has been shown by rookie North Queensland coach Paul Green in the fallout over the Cowboys’ second straight NRL loss.
North Queensland were again made to pay for a slow start when they were upset by New Zealand 20-16 last round – the Warriors’ first win in Townsville since 2002.
Perennial underachievers North Queensland have begun the season 1-2 but only after a Johnathan Thurston-inspired comeback ensured they reeled in a 16-0 early deficit and defeated Canberra in round one.
But the only thing that raised Green’s eyebrows was an unpenalised Warriors tackle on a try-bound Tariq Sims that left the Cowboys backrower with a broken nose last Saturday night.
Green called for some consistency from officials after Sims was denied a try for a knock on with North Queensland trailing 20-12 and 10 minutes left on the clock.
Replays suggested Sam Tomkins caught Sims high as the backrower surged toward the line.
“It was an interesting decision to rule knock on,” Green said.
“You can clearly see a bit of contact with his head.
“I thought we might have been a chance of getting the ball back there but that’s not how the game panned out.
“You just want some consistency.
“I think there were some tough calls that went against us which I am happy to cop as long as we get a few our way.”
But Green was not reaching for the panic button ahead of Monday night’s away clash with the Gold Coast Titans.
“I am not using the word panic, you guys are,” he said.
“We are right.
“Like I said after the game we are not far away. We just need to keep working hard, we will get there.”
But clearly the slow starts are bothering Green, who named an unchanged 17 for the Titans clash.
“It’s important we start well because if you don’t you just put yourself under pressure,” he said.