Training run issue does not rattle Cowboys

Macklemore's grand final rehearsal clashed with a Cowboys' training session at ANZ Stadium.
Macklemore's grand final rehearsal clashed with a Cowboys' training session at ANZ Stadium. Chris Pizzello

NORTH Queensland has brushed off a training venue snub ahead of Sunday's NRL grand final against Melbourne.

The Cowboys can't hold their captain's run at ANZ Stadium on Saturday due to a clash with recording artist Macklemore's grand final rehearsal.

The Storm will get to train at the grand final venue on Saturday after booking a 10.30am session.

However, North Queensland won't get a chance to run out on to ANZ Stadium until grand final day because Macklemore will be holding his sound check straight after the Storm session on match eve.

It is believed the Cowboys will have to travel to Kogarah Oval for their captain's run.

"Yes there was some issues with training grounds but that is all sorted now," Cowboys assistant David Fairleigh said.

"We have a field to train on. The guys have trained at ANZ many times - I just don't think it will be a consideration."

The Cowboys were reportedly so angry over the ANZ Stadium snub, initially, that some officials threatened to pull the team from Wednesday night's Dally M Awards in Sydney.

But Fairleigh said nothing had rattled the Cowboys ahead of their second grand final in three years.

"It is what it is," he said.

"If you don't train on ANZ it is not an excuse, whether you win or lose.

"There are a lot of guys there who have played big games.

Ben Ikin, Nathan Ryan and Ben Glover are joined by Storm football manager Frank Ponissi to talk all things grand final and the possibility of a Storm future without Craig Bellamy.

"Those guys are keeping everyone level. There are no signs of anyone getting overexcited."

North Queensland flew out to Sydney on Wednesday after thousands lined the streets to farewell their team before a rousing send-off at Townsville airport, complete with band.

They were stirring scenes but Fairleigh said it was business as usual. "It has been a routine the last few weeks," he said.

"Everyone is very familiar with it.

"It's just that each week a few more turn up at the airport."

The Cowboys will be one to 17 with injury concerns John Asiata (hand), Ethan Lowe (cheek), Coen Hess (knee), Te Maire Martin (knee) and Antonio Winterstein (ribs) all cleared by Fairleigh.

He also gave the green light to stand-in skipper Gavin Cooper and former Queensland centre Justin O'Neill, who were rested for Tuesday's training session.

Topics:  macklemore melbourne storm north queensland cowboys nrl grand final

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