Cowboys looking forward
NORTH Queensland second-rower Glenn Hall says the team's poor winning record in Sydney won't count for much in tomorrow night's semi-final against Manly at Allianz Stadium.
The Cowboys have won only four out of 25 games played in the Harbour City since 2008.
Not that it worries Hall, who was part of Manly's 2008 premiership-winning team.
"We just deal with it. The travel is part of playing footy for the Cowboys," he said. "We've had some poor away losses where we should've won, but semi-finals footy is different. We know we've got to beat all the best teams anywhere if we want to win the competition."
Hall joined the Cowboys in 2011 after a one-year stint playing for Bradford in the English Super League.
The North Queenslanders led Manly 8-0 at half-time in week one of last year's finals, but crashed out after the eventual premiers produced a 42-0 shut-out in the second half.
Hall said he believed his side was far better placed this year to go on and win the club's first grand final in its 18-year existence.
"The belief is a lot stronger this year ... as a team we're going a lot better," he said.
Hall said he had no doubt Manly coach Geoff Toovey would have his side ready for another torrid match.
"Tooves was the assistant coach when I was at the Sea Eagles and he has a terrific knowledge of the game," Hall said. "It helps that he's got a terrific bunch of senior players there to assist him. Even with Matai out, they'll be ready."