Dyldam Parramatta Eels five-eighth Corey Norman says the North Queensland Cowboys will be a team to watch this saturday at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

Coming off a controversial loss to the Manly Sea Eagles in Round 7, Norman says he expects to face a fired up Cowboys outfit. 

“They’re no slouch, the Cowboys,” Norman said.

“They’re fuming about their loss so they’re going to come out firing and it should be a good game.”

And while he’s frustrated by the Eels’ inability to dig in for a win on Easter Monday against the Wests Tigers, Norman says he’s settling into his on-field combination with halves partner, Chris Sandow.

“It’s probably a game we lost ourselves,” Norman said.

“Yes, the refs called that shepherd or whatever you want to call it, but we had opportunities to close that game out and we didn’t.”

“We’ve just got to come back here tomorrow and get a good training run.”

“I think [the combination with Sandow] has come along good; we keep working on it each week and hopefully it gets better.

“Chrissy’s a bit more off the cuff, and I’m more steering the team around. We’re just trying to work together.”