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Taumalolo ready to repay Cowboys: Coote

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017 Laine Clark

Remorseful North Queensland forward Jason Taumalolo was quick to apologise to teammates after copping a two-match ban, but he won't be as charitable to South Sydney upon his NRL return on Saturday night.

That's the view of Cowboys fullback Lachlan Coote, who himself will be welcomed back from a two-week calf injury against the Rabbitohs.

However, he seemed more excited about powerhouse New Zealander Taumalolo's first game back from suspension after training alongside the damaging backrower the last fortnight.

Coote said the reigning Dally M medallist could not wait to be unleashed against South Sydney and make up for lost time.

"I have been training the last two weeks with Jase and he's been biting at the bit to get back," he said.

"I am sure he will be full of energy and wanting to get it over their forwards."

Asked if Taumalolo owed the team after his ban, Coote said: "He did apologise to the boys but there was no need to say sorry.

"But I am sure he will come out and want to repay the boys."

Coote was handed the No.1 jersey upon his return despite the form of young replacement Kalyn Ponga.

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