Cowboys' Origin stars desperate for that winning feeling
Cowboys players and Queensland State of Origin representatives Michael Morgan, Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper haven't been a part of a winning team since their side beat the Panthers in Round 9.
In that time they've been on the wrong end of two one-point losses as well as a defeat in State of Origin I.
Hess is feeling the effects of being close to the bottom of the ladder for the first time in his career.
"I'm a bit rattled, obviously I wasn't a part of the win against Manly, my last win in football in general was against Penrith and that feels like forever ago," Hess said.
"Obviously [I feel] very drained, but that's football I guess. You've got to turn up with the right mindset each week, you can't feel too hard on yourself or feel sorry for yourself that's not going to do myself or the team any wonders."
It's foreign territory for many of the Cowboys, including Hess, with the side having appeared in every finals series since 2011.
"It's a tough sport we play, I understand now I think ever since I made my debut I haven't really been in this situation – I've always been in a winning culture," Hess said.
"This is foreign to me, I guess for myself it's just about trying to remain positive and try and do my part in the team."
Coach Paul Green sympathised with his representative players and the tough week they had, and believes Hess will get better at backing up as his Origin career progresses.
"That's probably the hardest thing to contend with through Origin period, particularly if Queensland gets beaten they're dealing that side of it and then we lost on the weekend too so it's a double whammy," Green said.
"He's young in terms of his Origin Career, so he's still going through that process where he's learning about backing up and how to not just do it, but to do it well.
"I'm not saying he didn't play well for us on the weekend, I've seen him play better, I've seen him play worse."