Morgan ruled out of Broncos clash
COWBOYS star Michael Morgan has been put in cotton wool and will miss tomorrow night's blockbuster in Brisbane, with coach Paul Green of the belief he could risk prolonging his stomach injury if he played.
Morgan was a no-show when the team left Townsville this afternoon after he sat out last week's season opening win against Cronulla.
Green said Morgan would have taken some time to recover had he played in the Suncorp Stadium clash.
"He probably hasn't improved enough, so if he did play tomorrow night he probably would have taken a fair while to get over the game," Green said.
"That's the nature of the injury, we don't want to take that risk.
"I said at the start an injury like this can hang around all season, and we want to try and avoid that if we can."
It means Te Maire Martin will partner Johnathan Thurston in the halves again after ably deputising for Morgan against the Sharks.
Martin said after the game he was guilty of sitting back and watching how Thurston goes about his business, and wants to be more involved.
"He did a great job for us and it was the first time he played with Johnno in the halves," Green said.
"That combination will get better and hopefully it does tomorrow night."
Green said he expects the Broncos pack to "come off the back fence" after they were subject to fierce criticism this week after a meek opening round loss to St George Illawarra.
Halves Anthony Milford and Kodi Nikorima were also lambasted for a lack of direction.
"A lot's been said about their pack, one thing about the Broncos is they're a proud club and I'm sure they'll fire back after the criticism they've copped this week," Green said.
"That generally starts in the forwards and historically Wayne (Bennett, Broncos coach) simplifies his game plan (after a loss) and fires up the forwards, we expect them to come off the back fence.
"There's pressure on any halves combination, when a team doesn't play to their potential the first people they look at are generally the six and seven.
"That's natural after a loss like that, I'm sure they'll also be fired up to respond to the criticism and they're both very good players."