Cowboys won’t pull Broncos’ pants down again: Haas

Brisbane props manager Payne Haas has vowed that North Queensland will not embarrass the Broncos like last year at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night as swaggering in the State Derby is again at stake.

The Broncos narrowly missed the NRL Finals in 2022 and can point to a 38-12 loss by the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium and a 40-26 loss in Townsville as two losses that cost them dearly.

Payne Haas made it against the Cowboys last year.

Payne Haas made it against the Cowboys last year.Credit:Getty

“They gave us a cricket score both games and we’re not proud of that,” Haas said.

“Especially last year at Suncorp, they dropped our pants. We seek to get [a win] this week and I can’t wait.”

Brisbane received a boost in training on Monday when full-back Reece Walsh trained freely after missing the 13-12 win over Penrith with a fractured eye socket. Walsh appears ready to play at full-back against North Queensland, with Selwyn Cobbo returning to the wing.

The rivalry between the Cowboys and Broncos is intense. Of the 58 games played, Brisbane have won 36 and drawn two. It took North Queensland nine years to beat the Broncos for the first time and since then the ledger has been almost even.

In his spare time, Haas trains as a barber and has set himself the goal of getting the cowboys back into shape.

Based on last year’s results, he said the Cowboys could rightly claim to be “big brother” for now. Cowboys won’t pull Broncos’ pants down again: Haas

Ryan Sederquist

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