Under pressure Cowboys sticking with experience ... for now
COACH Paul Green predicts personnel changes could be close for the misfiring Cowboys, but for now he plans to stick with his experienced players as they navigate a tricky two-game road trip.
The Cowboys will spend the next 10 days on the road, travelling to Bathurst today to play the Panthers on Friday night before staying in Sydney for next Thursday's clash with the Wests Tigers.
Green admitted he strongly considered wielding the selection axe as the Cowboys struggle to improve their 2-6 record and he has a few talented youngsters ready to step up.
Northern Pride outside back Enari Tuala trained with the Cowboys squad on Tuesday while Townsville Blackhawks prop Francis Molo has been building a strong case following his man-of-the-match performance last weekend.
Green said both players weren't far away from NRL call-ups, but he felt now wasn't the right time given their disrupted preparation with back-to-back games on the road.
"We're probably not too far away from that point (making changes) now, but by the same token, we're not too far away from a win either," Green said.
"Enari's a young guy who's got one game under his belt. If we were going a little bit better we'd probably throw him in there.
"Francis Molo had a really good game for the Blackhawks on the weekend so he's probably not too far away.
"(But) it might not be the week for that.
"We've got a tough little road trip ahead of us now with two away games so having that experience and having guys used to being on the road will help our preparation."
Green could still make changes during the game after Michael Morgan was moved from the halves to fullback in an attempt to spark their attack in last weekend's 18-8 loss to the Raiders.
But the coach said their biggest focus had to be getting their defence right and he was confident their attack would improve on the back of that.
"We've been letting teams get a lead so then you're playing under pressure and that probably changes your mindset through games," Green said.
"We're clear on where we need to be better and defence is the first part of that. If we can fix a few of those things up, a lot of the other stuff will flow off the back of that.
"We need to pretty quickly start banking some wins and to do that you need to get your processes right and that's what we're working on."