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McGuire brings up NRL double ton in style

By AAP Newswire

Inspired by his double century milestone, Josh McGuire has produced an appropriate monster workload as North Queensland rediscovered their winning touch against the Warriors.

Representative second-rower McGuire clocked up more than a double century of running metres in his 200th NRL game as the Cowboys ground out their 17-10 win on Saturday, ending a four-match losing streak.

In the eyes of some, the 29-year-old was lucky to even be playing, having dodged a suspension following an alleged eye gouge incident involving Cameron Munster during last week's loss to Melbourne.

McGuire was instead fined $3350 for contrary conduct, opening the door for a fairytale outcome at Mt Smart Stadium, where his wife and children were in the crowd.

Cowboys coach Paul Green revealed McGuire is a player inspired by occasions and his performance matched the landmark number as he galloped for a game-high 214m run and registered his team's best tackle tally of 39.

"He was ready for a big effort, regardless of what happened out there and he certainly delivered that for his teammates," Green said.

"The best part of a milestone game like that is that everyone digs in for that person and makes it memorable for him.

"Definitely, 200 NRL games is a great achievement. You want to remember those games for the right reasons."

Green was heartened by how well McGuire has settled in Townsville after 11 seasons at the Broncos.

More good news for Green was the solid return from suspension of prop Scott Bolton off the bench.

Bolton was slapped with a five-game suspension by the NRL after he pleaded guilty to an indecent assault charge from last year.

"He was a bit nervous I think, to be honest, because he's been out for a while and the team hasn't been going well," Green said.

"It's good to get that one out of the way, I think he'll be better going forward."

Meanwhile, Green delivered a positive update on the fitness of star player Jason Taumalolo, who is still recovering from the knee knock suffered four weeks ago against Brisbane.

Taumalolo will be sidelined for considerably less than the 10-week maximum time period he was forecast to be out of the game.

The hard-running forward has been recuperating for four weeks.