Cowboys can’t lapse against Roosters, says Sims

TOWNSVILLE – Ashton Sims has warned that the Sydney Roosters will “bury” North Queensland in their week two NRL elimination final if the Cowboys lapse as badly as they did against Brisbane on Saturday night.

While the Cowboys ran out comfortable 32-20 winners in the all-Queensland derby, they were given a mighty scare in the second half.

Leading 24-0 and looking destined to run the cleaners through the eighth-placed Broncos, North Queensland leaked four second half tries — all through their right edge.

It allowed the Broncos to close to within 10 points at one stage and a shock upset looked possible.

North Queensland now face defending premiers the Roosters after they suffered a shock 19-18 loss to Penrith in their qualifying final on Saturday.

And with the Roosters boasting a formidable left edge of New South Wales duo Michael Jennings and Daniel Tupou, Sims warned the Cowboys could not afford to fall asleep at the wheel again.

“They will bury us if we toss that up in the second half,” he said.

“We’ll cop our medicine in video and move forward.”

Sims, one of the Cowboys’ form players in the engine room, said it was equally as important to match the Roosters’ New Zealand international front row pairing of Sam Moa and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

“They’re quality players,” he said.

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