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Gela-Mosby recalled for all-Queensland grudge match

They might not be in finals contention but the Cowboys are on a payback mission in Thursday night's home clash with the Broncos.

The last time these sides met in round two the Broncos comfortably prevailed 29-10 at Suncorp Stadium.

Both teams sit just outside the top eight and are fighting to stay alive leading into Thursday's grudge match.

Green hopes his troops can get one up over big brother at home.

"I know it's a while ago now, but we were pretty disappointed after our game in round two. I'd like to think we’ll put in a better showing," Green said.

“It’s the last Broncos derby here at 1300 Smiles [Stadium], so I'd like to think that's a pretty big occasion in itself. Usually the games are pretty close and they’re good encounters.”

Green admitted extra motivation will no doubt come into play, but the Cowboys won't change their preparation.

“It's probably a little bit of motivation, if there's not enough there already," he said.

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"I think everyone here is hurting where the club is and what's panned out so far. I'd like to think there's enough motivation there.

“It doesn't change how we approach each game. We go in to win and prepare as well as we can.”

Gideon Gela-Mosby is the only inclusion to the team to face the Broncos.

Gela-Mosby has been sidelined with a collarbone injury since round 12.

Green has been pleased with his progress playing for the Northern Pride in the Queensland Cup in recent weeks.

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“He's come back from that collarbone injury pretty well," he said.

"He probably took a couple of games to get his match fitness back. You know what you're going to get with Gids and hopefully we see plenty of that on Thursday night."

Murray Taulagi makes way for Gela-Mosby after an impressive NRL introduction, with Green preferring to go with experience over youth in the all-Queensland derby.

“It was good to give Muzza a taste of NRL. We need to win games, and I think to be fair, I thought his efforts have been good," Green said.

"He’s shown enough potential for us to like what we see in the future, but Gids probably offers a little bit more in attack for us at this stage.”

After last week’s 28-4 loss against the Wests Tigers, Green saw the disappointment in his players and insisted “we’ll be certainly improved on last week’s effort.”

“You get a feel for it straight after the game," he said.

"You gauge where everyone's at, and then you look at the response you get when they do get back together at training. You hope that transfers into a performance on the field.”


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