Great Scott to saddle back up for Cowboys

THINGS appear to at last be falling into place for rookie NRL coach Paul Green after pressure-releasing back-to-back road wins.

Now the return of international prop Matt Scott from a serious facial injury in Saturday night's showdown with a desperate Gold Coast Titans in Townsville will also boost the team.

The Queensland and Australian forward hasn't seen any action since fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the second State of Origin in June.

He's made a quicker than expected comeback with the Cowboys lining up for a third straight win at the weekend and a chance to edge closer to the top four.

Green, who praised the efforts of Ashton Sims during Scott's injury absence, admitted he wasn't sure how many minutes Scott would get through.

"Ashton has done an outstanding job in recent weeks, he's really stepped up and led that pack with a lot of young guys who've got their opportunity there. It's been a bit of a selection headache for me (this week) but a good one to have," said Green.

"It's very good to have him (Scott) back, it's been a while.

"He's been out for a while but he keeps himself in pretty good nick. Depending on how the game goes at different times he might feel the pinch a little bit being first up after a spell. He's played a lot of footy at a high level so he'll not what is required."

Green said he wasn't expecting Scott to do any more than cart the ball forward in his first game back..

"I'm not expecting him to take up where he left off, it will probably take him a couple of weeks to blow the cobwebs off, but he is pretty keen to get out there which is good for us and I think everyone will sleep better tonight knowing he is back in the side," he said.

Fellow representative prop James Tamou is a good chance of playing after suffering a neck injury last weekend that sparked some concerns for his welfare that Green said did not come from the club.


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