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Next Game: The Season has finished
How Green turned Tamaulolo's NRL career
21 Sep 2017
North Queensland forward Jason Taumalolo has told how coach Paul Green's tough love saved his NRL career.

Jason Taumalolo has revealed that just two years ago North Queensland coach Paul Green gave him a stark warning - shape up or play your career in reserve grade.

Heading into Saturday's NRL grand final qualifier against the Sydney Roosters, the Cowboys international lock has firmly established himself as the game's most damaging forward.

The Kiwis Test frontman has this year run for more metres than any forward ever recorded after bulldozing 4707 metres, at an average of 196m a game, according to Fox Sports stats.

It's the second most metres by any player in a season since such records began - only behind fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who in 2015 ran for 5795m.

However, Taumalolo said that back in 2015 his career was at a crossroads after missing a team recovery session and was bluntly told by Green he risked slipping into obscurity.

"I definitely let the boys down," Taumalolo told AAP.

"Greeny said to me that if I was to play first grade, I definitely had to fix that or else he couldn't see me playing first grade.

"After that, I definitely turned that around. I've been professional and given everything a red-hot crack."

Two short years later, Taumalolo is a Dally M winner, premiership winner, and for two seasons in a row has led the league for most metres.

Taumalolo concedes discipline has been a problem during his career but has worked hard to turn change his ways.

The turnaround has been nothing short of stellar and earlier in the year he eschewed interest from the NFL and was signed to a 10-year deal worth a reported $10 million.

"A lot of Maccas and KFC," he says when asked what he's had to sacrifice to get where he is.

"I wouldn't say it was my weakness, but just being more professional.

"There was a time when I was always a turning up late to training or never on time for meetings. At times that cost me opportunities to play first grade.

"I spoke to some of the leadership boys back then and they told me if I was a chance to play first grade I needed to fix that.

"That's definitely a big factor in why I'm playing like I am."

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Last Game: The Cowboys lost against the Brisbane Broncos 12 - 38 at ANZ Stadium, Australia (5247 days ago)  game results here
 North Queensland Cowboys Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 15 
    Away Wins 6 
 Home Games 11 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 44 
 Total Goals: 35 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 514 
 Total Points Against: 771 
 Leagues the North Queensland Cowboys are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1998 Trials, 1998 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Daniel Strickland, David Thompson, George Gatis, Glenn Morrison, Jamie McDonald, John Buttigieg, John Doyle, Josh Hannay, Ken McGuinness, Leigh McWilliams, Matt Peterson, Matt Sing, Matthew Bowen, Michael Luck, Nathan Fien, Paul Bowman, Peter Jones, Shane Muspratt, Shaun Valentine, Tarin Bradford, Tim Brasher,

 Players in 2001
Adam Connelly, Adam Nable, Brett Hetherington, Brian Jellick, Chris Muckert, Chris Sheppard, Damien Smith, Danny Moore, Geoff Bell, John Manning, Julian O'Neill, Kyle Warren, Lee Oudenryn, Mark Shipway, Naipolioni Kuricibi, Nick Paterson, Paul Dezolt, Paul Pensini, Robert Relf, Scott Whiting, Shayne McMenemy, Tim Maddison, Trent Leis,

 Players in 2000
Brett Boyd, Chad Halliday, Graham Appo, Greg Bourke, Jeremy Schloss, Noel Goldthorpe, Paul Green, Scott Prince,

 Players in 1999
Darrien Doherty, Glen Murphy, Jody Gall, Kris Tassell, Matt Ryan, Noa Nadruku,
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Last Results

Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Brisbane 38
Cowboys 12

Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Cowboys 32
Melbourne 12

Monday, 21 Apr, 2003
Warriors 30
Cowboys 24

Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 32
Cowboys 0

Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Brisbane 32
Cowboys 24

Monday, 31 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 27
South Sydney 20

Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 30
Eagles 20

Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Canberra 46
Cowboys 14

Saturday, 7 Sep, 2002
Cowboys 15
Parramatta 6

Saturday, 31 Aug, 2002
Cowboys 36
South Sydney 34

Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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