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Cowboys coach coy on Scott fitness

NZN 3/09/2016 Ed Jackson

North Queensland coach Paul Green has kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the chances of Matt Scott playing in next weekend's NRL final against Melbourne.

The Cowboys secured a blockbuster qualifying final against the Storm with a 32-16 win over Gold Coast in Townsville on Saturday.

Victory came without representative prop Scott, who missed the clash with the Titans due to a broken finger.

The 31-year-old is also battling a bulging disc in his back but Green was revealing nothing when asked if the Queensland and Australia forward would be fit to face the minor premiers.

"We'll wait and see," the Cowboys coach said with a smile when asked if Scott would be 100 per cent for the game.

Green would have been sweating in the coach's box late in Saturday's match when superstar halfback Johnathan Thurston stayed down following contact.

The Cowboys captain revealed after the match he'd copped a knock to his leg but the incident was "nothing major".

Thurston battled illness all week and only declared himself fit to face the Titans on Saturday morning.

He doesn't expect a similar struggle in the lead-up to a clash with Queensland Origin halves partner Cooper Cronk next weekend.

"I was struggling during the week," Thurston said.

"Woke up feeling a lot better than I was.

"It's a whole new ball game now, looking forward to it."

Melbourne have beaten the Cowboys twice this season, including the premier's only defeat at home in 2016 - a 16-8 loss in July.

The Cowboys did however beat the Storm in Melbourne in last year's preliminary final on their way to the premiership.

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