After accusing Cronulla of “dirty tactics”, North Queensland backrower Gavin Cooper says he does not expect arch rivals Brisbane to target Matt Scott in Friday night’s NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium.
Cooper drew an angry denial from the Sharks after claiming they had tried to twist Scott’s reconstructed knee in his injury comeback match – the Cowboys’ 20-14 season opening win last week.
Cooper said he was disappointed that the referees had missed several incidents in tackles and urged for the tactics to be stamped out of the game.
But the Queensland back-rower did not expect any trouble from Brisbane.
“No, our games are usually pretty free flowing – we bring the best out of each other,” he said.
Cooper admitted the same could not be said about their rivalry with the Sharks.
“There is always a lot of feeling in Sharks games,” he said.
“There is always going to be something along the lines that people miss.
“For Thumper (Scott) to get his first full real game out of the way is a big milestone for anyone coming back from long term injury.
“I was very close to a couple of things (incidents).
“We have to be better at blocking it out and moving forward.”
Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough said targeting Scott’s knee would not be in the spirit of the game and denied that they would be gunning for the Test prop on Friday night.
“Targeting his knee? No. I am just worrying about tackling him (Scott), I am no worrying about his knee,” laughed pint sized rake McCullough.