BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 23: Michael Morgan of the Cowboys is tackled by Kane Linnett of the Cowboys during the NRL trial match and Jonathan Thurston/Cameron Smith Testimonial match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on February 23, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The North Queensland Cowboys and Melbourne Storm will both spend the next few days counting the cost of the trial match against each other with a number of players facing stints on the sidelines.

Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote was only on the field for 12 minutes before making his way to the bench with hamstring tightness.

Coote suffered a slight strain to the same hamstring a few weeks prior during training and his early night was said to be more of a precaution than anything else. Coote is expected to be right for Round 1.

Teammate Kane Linnett though could be facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines after suffering a pectoral injury.

Linnett came from the field midway through the second half and told sideline commentator Andy Raymond that “he felt something in his pec”.

The other major injury news comes for Melbourn Storm fullback Jahrome Hughes. Hughes suffered a dislocated his shoulder while diving an in goal kick.

Storm medical staff confirmed that Hughes’ shoulder had popped back into place but it will be a nervous wait for both player and team to see how long he’ll spend on the sidelines.


  1. The footy gods are dishing their punishment out early towards the cowgirls for the treatment they gave to centre/fullback Kalyn Ponga last season by not letting him leave and playing him in reserves all season for wanting to leave. 👍

  2. Even though Kane is a integral part of the Cowboys back line we have more than enough talent to cover Kane and Coote if they are out for any length of time. Ponga was not released as the Cowboys needed him for depth in case of injury and on several occasions he was used in that capacity. It had nothing to do with punishment he is just not good enough to force his way into the squad at this stage of his career. Sure he may be a better FB then Coote in the future but at this stage of Ponga’s career Coote is the better FB.

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