Matthew Scott (rugby league)

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Matthew Scott
Matt Scott.jpg
Personal information
Born (1985-07-30) 30 July 1985 (age 33)
Longreach, Queensland, Australia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004– North Queensland 251 17 0 0 68
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–16 Queensland 22 1 0 0 4
2009 Prime Minister's XIII 1 1 0 0 4
2010–16 Australia 22 2 0 0 8
2011 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 11 October 2018
Source: [1][2]

Matthew Scott (born 30 July 1985) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer and captain of the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League (NRL). A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative front-row forward, he has played his whole career to date with the Cowboys, winning the 2015 NRL Premiership and 2016 World Club Challenge with them.

Background

Scott was born in Longreach, Queensland and grew up in the small, nearby town of Ilfracombe. He played junior football for the Longreach Tigers and later the Gemfield Giants.[4][5] He moved to St. Brendan's College in Yeppoon as a boarder after being spotted by one of the school's coaches at an outback carnival. He was signed by the North Queensland Cowboys during his schoolboy days.[6]

Playing career

2004

In Round 19 of the 2004 NRL season, Scott made his NRL debut for the Cowboys, at the age of 18, against the Parramatta Eels.[6] Scott broke his leg in the opening minutes of the match, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

2005

Scott played just 3 NRL games in 2005, spending the majority of the season playing for the Cowboys' Queensland Cup side, the North Queensland Young Guns. He was a member of the Young Guns premiership-winning side that season, playing alongside future Cowboys teammates Scott Bolton and Gavin Cooper. Scott was 18th man for the Cowboys Grand Final match-up against the Wests Tigers.

2006

In 2006, Scott played his first full season of first grade, playing 22 games and scoring 2 tries. He made his representative debut for Queensland in the 2006 State of Origin series, after just 14 NRL games. However, he was dropped from the team after the 17–16 loss to New South Wales and would not play in another Origin fixture until 2009. Speaking in 2009, Scott said that at the time, he thought his removal from the team was "harsh", but that he "obviously didn't step up and deliver".[7]

2007

In 2007, Scott played his second full season of first grade and was an integral member of the Cowboys side that reached their third ever finals series, playing 23 games and starting the majority of them in the front row.

Scott in 2008

2008

Scott's 2008 season was affected by injuries. He played the first 3 games of the season before succumbing to injuries. He would return to play the final 3 games of the year.

2009

Scott returned from an injury plagued 2008 with a strong 2009 season, which saw him return to the Queensland team and represent the Prime Minister's XIII in their end of season match against Papua New Guinea.[8][9] In August, he signed a new four-year contract with the Cowboys.[10]

2010

Scott was named the Cowboys' player of the year and players player for the 2010 season, though it was a poor season for the team, finishing 15th on the NRL ladder in front of only the Melbourne Storm, who had been stripped of their premiership points due to salary cap breaches.[11] S

He was Queensland's starting prop for all three matches of the 2010 State of Origin series and made his debut for the Australia national team in the Four Nations series.[12] He was selected as Australia's starting prop for the series final against New Zealand, edging veteran Petero Civoniceva out of the side.[13]

2011

In 2011, Scott was appointed as the co-captain of the Cowboys, sharing the position with Johnathan Thurston, who had previously held it alone.[14] He was also named the NRL's prop of the year in the Dally M Awards after missing out in 2010.[15] His performance in Game 1 of the 2011 State of Origin series won him plaudits, with Brisbane newspaper The Courier Mail calling his "impact and workrate... enormous",[16] and ABC Sport praising his "powerhouse display up front".[17] He and fellow Queensland prop Petero Civoniceva ran the ball for a total of 301 metres during the match; their New South Wales counterparts only managed 71.[18] Queensland won the match and went on to win the Origin series. The Cowboys returned to the NRL finals series, finishing in seventh place, and Scott was selected in the Australian squad to tour England for the Four Nations series.[19] He scored the first try of the tournament, in Australia's 26–12 win over New Zealand; it was his first try as an international.[20] During the tournament, the annual RLIF Awards dinner was held at the Tower of London and he was named prop forward of the year.[21]

2012

During the 2012 State of Origin series, Scott's mother died, interrupting his preparation. However he played in all three games, helping extend Queensland's record winning streak to 7 consecutive series. At the end-of-season Test match against New Zealand, in which Australia retained the Bill Kelly Memorial Trophy, Scott was named man-of-the-match.

2013

Scott was selected for Australia in the 2013 Anzac Test, starting at prop. He played all three games of the 2013 State of Origin series in which Queensland extended their record for consecutive series victories to eight.

2014

In Round 9 of the 2014 NRL season, Scott ran for 220 metres in the Cowboys 27-14 win over the Broncos, earning him a rare perfect 10 score from Rugby League Week magazine. Despite missing his first State of Origin game for Queensland in five years through injury, Scott had a career best season in 2014. He averaged 56 minutes, 16.4 runs and 160 metres per game, all career bests, while also finishing the year with a career best 5 line breaks and 48 tackle busts.[22]

Scott required a shoulder reconstruction at the end of 2014, ruling him out of the Four Nations tournament.

2015

In 2015, Scott regained his spot in the Australia side for the annual Anzac Test and started at prop in all 3 games of Queensland's State of Origin series win. He scored his first Origin try in the Maroons' Game 2 loss.

In Round 12 of the 2015 NRL season, Scott scored two tries in a game of the first time in his NRL career, in the Cowboys 18-14 win over the Manly Sea Eagles.

Scott was man of the match in the Cowboys 39-0 victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks in Week Two of the 2015 Finals Series.[23] The Cowboys went on to defeat the Melbourne Storm the week after to book their place in the Grand Final.[24]

At the Dally M Awards, Scott was named Dally M Captain of the year alongside teammate Johnathan Thurston.[25] On 4 October 2015, Scott co-captained the Cowboys' Grand Final winning side, starting at prop in the side's 17-16 victory over the Brisbane Broncos.

2016

On 21 February 2016, Scott co-captained the Cowboys' World Club Challenge winning side, starting at prop in the side's 38-4 victory over the Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium. Scott regained his spot in the Australia side for the annual Anzac Test and started at prop in all 3 games of Queensland's State of Origin series win.

2017

In Round 2 of the 2017 NRL season, Scott tore his anterior cruciate ligament against the Brisbane Broncos, ruling him out for the year.[26] He later re-signed with the club on a two-year-deal.

2018

In Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season, Scott successfully returned from his ACL injury in the Cowboys' 20–14 win over the Cronulla Sharks.[27] In the Cowboys' Round 24 victory over the Parramatta Eels, Scott played his 250th NRL game for the club, becoming just the third player to do so.[28]

Scott played 18 games for the Cowboys in 2018, missing a number games due to a recurring neck injury, for which he underwent surgery at the end of the season.[29][30]

Achievements and accolades

Individual

Dally M Prop of the Year: 2011
RLIF Prop of the Year: 2011
Dally M Captain of the Year: 2015
North Queensland Cowboys Player of the Year: 2010, 2013
North Queensland Cowboys Players' Player: 2010, 2013

Team

2015 NRL Grand Final: North Queensland Cowboys – Winners
2016 World Club Challenge: North Queensland Cowboys – Winners

Statistics

NRL

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2018 season [31]
Denotes seasons in which Scott won an NRL Premiership
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2004 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2005 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2006 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 22 2 0 0 8
2007 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 23 1 0 0 4
2008 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 6 1 0 0 4
2009 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 23 1 0 0 4
2010 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 23 1 0 0 4
2011 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 22 0 0 0 0
2012 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 18 1 0 0 4
2013 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 22 0 0 0 0
2014 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 20 4 0 0 16
2015 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 25 3 0 0 12
2016 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 23 2 0 0 8
2017 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 2 0 0 0 0
2018 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 18 1 0 0 8
Career totals 251 17 0 0 68

State of Origin

Denotes seasons in which Scott won a State of Origin Series
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2006 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2009 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 1 0 0 0 0
2010 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2011 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2012 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2013 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
2014 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 2 0 0 0 0
2015 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 3 1 0 0 4
2016 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 3 0 0 0 0
Career totals 22 1 0 0 14

Australia

Denotes seasons in which Scott won a World Cup
Season Team Matches T G GK % F/G Pts
2010 Australian colours.svg Australia 2 0 0 0 0
2011 Australian colours.svg Australia 6 1 0 0 4
2012 Australian colours.svg Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2013 Australian colours.svg Australia 6 0 0 0 0
2014 Australian colours.svg Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2015 Australian colours.svg Australia 1 0 0 0 0
2016 Australian colours.svg Australia 3 0 0 0 0
Career totals 20 1 0 0 4

Personal life

Scott and his wife Lauren have two sons, Hugo and Will.[32][33]

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "Larger leadership role pays off for Scott". Nrl.com. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  4. ^ Heming, Wayne (9 November 2010). "Young frontrowers Matt Scott and Dave Shillington push veteran Petero Civoniceva to the bench". Fox Sports (Australia). Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  5. ^ Kelly, Aaron (24 May 2011). "Origin's proud sister". The Chronicle (Toowoomba). Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  6. ^ a b Horne, Ben (24 May 2010). "Matt Scott's long bus ride to Origin fame". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  7. ^ Stewart, Antony (8 July 2009). "Matt Scott rewarded". Townsville Bulletin. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  8. ^ Clark, Laine (24 May 2009). "Snubbed Scott powering Cowboys' engine". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Maroons inject new blood". TVNZ. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
  11. ^ deKroo, Karl (9 October 2010). "Club and players name Matt Scott as North Queensland Cowboys' player of the year". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  12. ^ McCullough, Ian (4 November 2010). "Todd Carney and fellow debutants Chris Lawrence, Matt Scott and Dean Young named in Kangaroos team for Four Nations". Herald Sun. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  13. ^ Heming, Wayne (9 November 2010). "Young frontrowers Matt Scott and Dave Shillington push veteran Petero Civoniceva to the bench". Fox Sports (Australia). Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  14. ^ Marshall, Matt (4 March 2011). "NRL Matt Scott, Johnathan Thurston named as co-captains for North Queensland Cowboys". The Australian. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  15. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dally M Player Of The Year Medal Winner Billy Slater". Triple M. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
  16. ^ Marshall, Matt (25 May 2011). "Matt Scott salutes late Sam Faust with brilliant performance in Maroons' Origin I win". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  17. ^ "State of Origin I: Player Ratings". ABC Sport. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  18. ^ Badel, Peter (27 May 2011). "Maroons props Petero Civoniceva, Matt Scott deliver Origin mauling to Blues front-rowers Jason King, Kade Snowden". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  19. ^ "Matt Scott tips Kangaroo teammate Paul Gallen as top prop". The Courier-Mail. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  20. ^ Walter, Brad (29 October 2011). "Five-star Thurston takes command for Kangaroos". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  21. ^ "Slater scoops player award". Sky Sports. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  22. ^ "NRL Players - Overview and Stats". FOX SPORTS. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  23. ^ Lutton, Phil. "North Queensland Cowboys whip Cronulla Sharks on back of Matt Scott's vintage night". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Cowboys beat Storm to set up all-Queensland NRL grand final". Abc.net.au. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  25. ^ "2015 Dally M Awards - Zero Tackle". Zerotackle.com. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  26. ^ "Scott ACL injury confirmed". Cowboys.com.au. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  27. ^ https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/cowboys/cowboys-matt-scott-ready-to-return-to-the-place-of-his-acl-injury-with-no-fear-of-failure/news-story/fbfb8e2349cd886003cabe33cc1a2571
  28. ^ https://www.tweeddailynews.com.au/news/johnathan-thurston-has-used-part-of-his-farewell-s/3502855/
  29. ^ https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/injury-cloud-uncertainty-for-cowboys-star/news-story/85d6a3950d949eb0e4a17269a43a0eff
  30. ^ https://www.northernstar.com.au/news/second-bout-of-neck-surgery-wont-bring-premature-e/3479028/
  31. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Matthew Scott - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  32. ^ "Scott joins daddy club". Townesvillebulletin.com.au. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  33. ^ "Scott Baby Boy Has Melted Townsville Hearts". Triplem.com.au. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

External links

  • North Queensland Cowboys profile
  • NRL profile
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