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Matthew Scott

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Cowboys

Player Bio

Height:
185 cm
Weight:
110 kg
Age:
33
Date of Birth:
30 July 1985
Birthplace:
Longreach, QLD
Nickname:
Thumper
Debut Club:
North Queensland Cowboys
Opposition:
Parramatta Eels
Date:
17 July 2004
Round:
19
Previous Club:
-
Junior Clubs:
Longreach Tigers, Gemfield Giants
Biography:

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From the small town of Ilfracombe, Scott played his junior football with the Longreach Tigers and at St Brendan's College Yeppoon where he attracted the interest of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.

The young front-rower made his NRL debut just short of his 19th birthday when he ran out on 1300SMILES Stadium to play Parramatta in round 19 of the 2004 season but unfortunately suffered a broken leg, ending his year.

He played his first game for Queensland in 2006, represented the Australian Prime Minister's XIII in 2009, and made his Test debut in 2010, the year in which he won the Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year as well as the Players’ Player Award.

Scott became co-captain of the Cowboys prior to the start of the 2011 season and was named the Dally M Prop of the Year for the first time at the end of the ’11 campaign.

In 2012, Scott played in all three matches in Queensland’s seventh successive State of Origin series victory and was named man of the match in Australia’s Trans-Tasman Test success against New Zealand at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Another sterling season followed in 2013 when the front-rower again played in every match in another Queensland State of Origin series win and he joined Australia’s starting front-row in the Test against New Zealand in April.

Scott also moved to fifth in the Cowboys’ all-time games played list with 163 matches by season’s end.

For the second time, he won the Paul Bowman Medal for Cowboy of the Year and the Players’ Player award and ended 2013 by playing for the victorious Kangaroos team in the Rugby League World Cup in the UK and Ireland.

The only thing that was able to slow Scott down in 2014 was a fractured cheekbone suffered in Origin II that kept him on the sideline for a month.

When he returned, the co-captain’s tremendous form was a big reason for the Cowboys winning eight of their last 10 matches.

Amazingly consistent, Scott was never held under 100 metres in attack all season and he smashed through the 150-metre barrier 12 times, highlighted by a performance that earned him a rare perfect 10 from Rugby League Week in round nine against Brisbane.

Scott’s metres per game average was No.1 for the Cowboys, 33m ahead of second-ranked Jason Taumalolo and 34m better than what he achieved in 2013.

All of this was achieved with a badly damaged shoulder that required an end-of-season reconstruction and forced him to give up his Kangaroos jumper.

Scott played a great deal of the 2015 season under significant injury duress with a neck problem, but off-season surgery saw him enjoy an injury-free run at the start of the 2016 season as well as all through the State of Origin period.

Like his fellow skipper Johnathan Thurston, Scott backed up a highly successful 2015 campaign with a strong 2016 as the forward leader showed the way both on and off the field.

Playing in his 13th NRL season, Scott, 31, played 23 games for the Cowboys, three State of Origins for Queensland, the May Test for the Kangaroos against New Zealand and again for Australia in the post-season Four Nations tournament.

In the Cowboys jersey, he averaged 126 running metres a game, made 22 tackles on average and produced a team-high 27 offloads – a highly effective output given the average 46 minutes of game time played.

He missed two games late in the season, with an ongoing back issue ruling him out for Round 24 and a broken finger forcing him to miss the final regular season contest against the Titans, before he went on to play through the finals series with his finger not fully healed.

His courage and leadership credentials have never been questioned, and Scott was shortlisted for the Captain of the Year award at the 2016 Dally Ms.

After a shortened but successful 2017 pre-season, he unfortunately suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Round 2 extra-time thriller against the Broncos.

Scott signed on as a career Cowboy in March 2017, inking a two-year deal that will see him in Cowboys colours until the end of the 2019 NRL season.

Scott progressed well in his recovery and was even named in the extended squad for the team’s last two finals games of the 2017 season as injury cover.

He ultimately didn’t play and resumed training with the team in late November.

Career

Appearances
249
Tries
17

2018 Season

Appearances
16

Scoring

Tries
1

Attack

Tackle Breaks
19
Average Hit Ups
7.5
Post Contact Metres
560.4

Passing

Offloads
9

Defence

Tackles Made
359
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
98
Total Running Metres
1567

Fantasy

Total Points
517
Average Points
32.3

2018 Season - By Round

2018 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Sharks Won 20 - 14 Prop 33 - - - - - - 38 1 11 17 3 95 82 13
2 Broncos Lost 24 - 20 Prop 40 - - - - - 2 30 - 12 16 3 98 77 17
3 Storm Lost 30 - 14 Prop 45 - - - - - 1 37 - 9 22 1 96 64 27
4 Panthers Lost 14 - 33 Prop 51 - - - - - 1 35 1 14 18 2 118 76 37
5 Warriors Lost 22 - 12 Prop 43 - - - - - - 29 - 8 22 1 81 72 -
6 Bulldogs Lost 10 - 27 Prop 39 - - - - - 2 22 1 7 23 4 70 44 26
7 Titans Won 26 - 14 Prop 38 - - - - - 1 28 1 11 21 2 64 65 -
8 Raiders Lost 8 - 18 Prop 39 - - - - - - 26 1 9 29 3 73 49 24
9 Panthers Won 20 - 26 Prop 52 - - - - - - 37 - 15 34 3 118 58 50
10 Wests Tigers Lost 20 - 12 Prop 47 - - - - - 2 45 - 12 30 3 97 92 -
11 Rabbitohs Lost 19 - 20 Prop 37 - - - - - 2 15 1 7 25 1 47 28 19
12 Storm Lost 6 - 7 Prop 47 - - - - - 1 26 - 10 30 3 54 55 -
14 Eels Lost 20 - 14 Prop 45 1 - 4 - 1 5 42 - 15 24 2 111 96 15
20 Knights Won 20 - 18 Interchange 36 - - - - - 1 32 1 12 16 3 96 61 29
21 Roosters Lost 26 - 20 Prop 44 - - - - - - 62 1 20 20 - 160 86 67
22 Broncos Won 34 - 30 Prop 40 - - - 1 - 1 56 1 21 12 2 182 118 42

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2004 1 1 - - 100% - - - - - 1 - - 7 - 59 59.00 - - -
Cowboys 2005 3 2 1 - 67% - - - - - 3 - - 59 4 221 73.67 - - -
Cowboys 2006 22 10 12 - 45% 2 - 8 - - 26 - 14 428 46 2,252 102.36 - - -
Cowboys 2007 23 14 9 - 61% 1 - 4 - - 37 - 13 379 62 2,256 98.09 11 - -
Cowboys 2008 6 1 5 - 17% 1 - 4 - - 8 - 3 77 6 477 79.50 3 - -
Cowboys 2009 23 11 12 - 48% 1 - 4 50 2.17 32 - 13 397 31 2,747 119.43 5 - -
Cowboys 2010 23 4 19 - 17% 1 - 4 - - 51 - 22 527 52 2,822 122.70 4 - -
Cowboys 2011 22 14 8 - 64% - - - - - 45 - 27 552 65 2,520 114.55 - - -
Cowboys 2012 18 11 7 - 61% 1 - 4 - - 45 - 24 456 27 2,609 144.94 8 - -
Cowboys 2013 22 11 11 - 50% - - - - - 22 1,377 12 553 36 3,449 156.79 574 3 0.1
Cowboys 2014 20 12 8 - 60% 4 - 16 - - 50 1,351 17 563 19 3,504 175.24 606 799 40.0
Cowboys 2015 25 18 7 - 72% 3 - 12 - - 42 1,331 16 716 37 3,444 137.80 571 1,161 46.4
Cowboys 2016 23 14 9 - 61% 2 - 8 - - 24 934 26 500 49 2,898 126.03 622 782 34.0
Cowboys 2017 2 2 - - 100% - - - - - 3 108 1 31 3 287 143.60 65 71 35.5
Cowboys 2018 16 5 11 - 31% 1 - 4 - - 19 560 9 359 36 1,567 97.99 371 517 32.3

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Cowboys 2004 2018 249 130 119 - - 17 - 68 50 0.20 408 5,661 197 5,604 473 31,115 124.00 2,842 3,366 31.2

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