Coen Hess scores a try for the Cowboys.
Coen Hess scores a try for the Cowboys. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

Hess Express powers towards Origin call-up

NORTH Queensland's Coen Hess has showed once again why he deserves to be in the Maroons Origin selection frame after playing a key role in his side's gritty 20-8 win over Gold Coast on Saturday night.

In what was a largely dour contest, the Cowboys powerhouse scored a crucial try shortly after the break to give his side momentum which carried them through to fulltime.

There had been calls for Hess to be blooded in the Origin arena and they only intensified after the Maroons' heavy loss to NSW in the series opener.

 

Tyrone Roberts of the Titans is tackled by Cowboys Coen Hess (left) and Shaun Fensom.
Tyrone Roberts of the Titans is tackled by Cowboys Coen Hess (left) and Shaun Fensom. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

The Blues' interchange provided plenty of impact in game one, something their interstate counterparts struggled with.

On Saturday, Hess showed he could be that kind of player, running for 123 metres, as well as making four tackle busts and one linebreak which led to his try.

When asked on Super Saturday whether he felt he was ready for Origin football, Hess replied: "Personally, I don't think so.   "I'm just trying to focus on playing good footy for the Cowboys and I think we put in a pretty good performance tonight."
News Corp Australia


GALLERY: Esplanade lights up for 2018 Whale Parade

premium_icon GALLERY: Esplanade lights up for 2018 Whale Parade

Hervey Bay's tourist strip was alight with the sounds of the ocean

Cashless card protesters vow to ramp up campaign

premium_icon Cashless card protesters vow to ramp up campaign

The group held a protest on Sunday along Boat Harbour Dr

GALLERY: Veterans pay tribute to Vietnam sacrifices

premium_icon GALLERY: Veterans pay tribute to Vietnam sacrifices

One serviceman remembers a heated battle by NZ forces during the war

Local Partners