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Cowboys coach not happy with draw finish

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016 Laine Clark

It brought a smile to North Queensland CEO Greg Tonner's face - but Cowboys coach Paul Green had a major complaint with the 2017 NRL season draw.

A "delighted" Tonner praised the NRL for granting the Cowboys a dream season start with six home games in the first nine weeks.

However, Green had a problem with the way the regular season ended - a round 26 blockbuster against arch rivals Brisbane in Townsville.

The last four derbies have been decided by one point or in extra-time and Green expected more of the same in the regular season finale - much to his frustration.

Green said having another hard fought derby leading into the finals was the last thing he wanted.

"To be honest I am a bit disappointed (about round 26 clash)," he said.

"From our point of view we don't need another blockbuster like that leading into finals.

"It just adds another week of finals if we are lucky enough to qualify."

Green said there was no need to pump up the finals by having a Queensland derby in round 26.

"The finals get their own momentum," he said.

"They (Queensland derbies) are always big clashes and I don't expect next year to be any different.

"That is such a big game for the club and from a footy point of view, when we play it through the mid-part of the year it generates interest for everyone."

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