BROTHERS IN ARMS: Ben Sullivan runs the ball up hard for the Cowboys at Father Ranger Oval.
BROTHERS IN ARMS: Ben Sullivan runs the ball up hard for the Cowboys at Father Ranger Oval. Gerard Walsh

Cowboys to build strength for a win with family bonds

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Sullivan family will fill half the spine for the Warwick Cowboys at times during the TRL knockout semi-final clash with Highfields at Glenholme Park on Sunday at 1.15pm.

The spine of a rugby league team, numbers 1, 6, 7, and 9 are spoken about a lot in modern day footy, especially when Queensland had Billy Slater, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith.

Craig Donn is fullback (1) for Warwick and David McGrady the five-eighth (6). Ben Sullivan is the halfback (7) and Harry Sullivan alternates with Paul Cantwell at hooker (9).

Harry started at hooker last week but this week coach Phil Economidis is going to start with the more experienced Cantwell and bring Harry off the bench.

"I want to bring Harry on a bit later and let him work his magic, Paul can also play in the back row,” he said.

"They are both important cogs in the Cowboys team.”

Both Sullivan brothers have played representative footy this season.

Ben made the Central Crows open side which played in the state championships while Harry was part of the Queensland regional under-20 team which lost 28-22 to the south-east Queensland team.

SEQ players judged Harry as the best of the regional team.

Ben played Queensland Cup footy for the Norths Devils in Brisbane and for Ipswich Jets last season before heading to his hometown club this season.

Harry shone in the under-16 grade when he was judged player of the state carnival in Cairns playing hooker four years ago.

"It is awesome to play A grade with the Cowboys especially with my brother Ben,” Harry said.

"He is always at my back when I have the ball.”

The pair also work some plays with fullback Craig Donn, a player the same age as the middle Sullivan boy, Bill.

Harry has high praise for the value of McGrady at five-eighth.

"He looks quiet to those off the field but he often says something important to the team,” Harry said.

"Ben has set me up for two or three tries this season. At hooker I see my role to get the forwards rolling forward with quick service.

"I am defending a lot more confidently than earlier in the season.”

The Cowboys will be boosted this weekend by the return of centre Joe Fuimaono and forward Jarred Bradfield which will means some changes to the 17.

Warwick will play Pittsworth in second division at 10am.