You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content
North Queensland's John Asiata.

After his Cowboys were beaten by a red-hot Rabbitohs outfit on Sunday, coach Paul Green has named an unchanged 17 to give his players a chance to correct things this weekend.

Green took a lot of positives out of the defeat, with North Queensland ready to bounce back against a Paramatta outfit licking their wounds after a demoralising 64-10 loss at the hands of the Melbourne Storm.

"You can't say that we played some good footy as a team and then not give them the opportunity to try and fix some of the bad stuff," Green said on Tuesday.

For nearly 60 minutes the Cowboys matched it with the Rabbitohs, one of the form teams in the competition, a confidence boost they desperately needed given their 3-6 start to the season.

"That was the message and that's what we need to take out of the game: when we were good, they had trouble handling us, but you can't hide from the fact that when we were bad, we were really bad," Green said.

"We've got to narrow that gap between the best and our worst.

"It was a 12-minute period where they had three tries, and a five-minute period in the second half where they had two tries, and they were pretty simple tries.

Match Highlights: Rabbitohs v Cowboys

"But they went through us, not around us, which pulled us apart."

John Asiata will play his third game in the halves this weekend, Green uncertain whether or not he will be the long-term five-eighth with Jake Clifford continuing to play in the Intrust Super Cup.

"Long-term, I'm not sure. We need to perform and get some results," he said.

"He was good against the Titans. His passing game is one of his strengths and he had a couple hit the deck to start with [against the Rabbitohs] so it was probably a bit of a nervous start for him, he's just got to relax and worry about keeping it simple and doing his job.

"When we brought Cliffo in, to be fair, his form back there [with the Northern Pride] wasn't as good as what we had seen him play in the past, so sometimes that can affect how they go when they come up in the NRL. But we saw Justin O'Neill and his last game for the Blackhawks was strong. It'd be good for Cliffo to get a really good game under his belt too."

On the injury front, Green said Josh McGuire's recovery is "going along pretty well" and Jake Granville, one of a couple who came off the field on Sunday for HIA's "have pulled up pretty well."

"They'll follow the usual concussion protocol this week, but I'm pretty confident they'll all play."

Green also gave an update on young centre Enari Tuala. "He's got a quad issue. He ran today for the first time since he did it last week, so we'll just see how he goes but I don't expect him to be out for too long."

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

Premier Partner

Media Partners

Major Partners

View All Partners