Adrian Davis is all flash, craft and guile on the rugby league field, but off it the Wellington Cowboys halfback peels it all back.
The simpler, the better.
And that’s why, when the second-placed Cowboys travel up the Mitchell Highway to Dubbo on Sunday where they’ll face the defending premiers, and old foes, CYMS in a top-of-the-table Group 11 blockbuster, Davis will be dialing back the message he sends the young Wellington outfit.
Again, the simpler, the better.
“If we hold the ball and tackle our hearts out we’re in the game,” Davis said looking ahead after last week’s thrilling one-point win over Parkes.
“I guess that’s how footy is won. It’s not won in the first 10 minutes of each half, it’s won in the last 15 of each half.
“We’ve just got to keep improving and getting to training so we can put ourselves there at the back-end of the year to have a crack at it, if we don’t do that … hopefully someone matches it with CYMS.
“They’re a great side and they’ve very professional with what they do each week.”
Davis slotted the match-wining field goal in the Cowboys’ 25-24 victory over the Spacemen last week, helping Wellington remain in second on the ladder.
On top, is the NSW Challenge Cup holders and last year’s premiers CYMS, currently undefeated.
Davis says his side holds no fears travelling to Dubbo to play the Fishies, instead he believes the success of the CYMS club is good for the competition as a whole.
It’s clear while the rivalry is fierce, the respect between Wellington and CYMS is also still alive.
“It’s good for the comp, a lot of people don’t know about (Group 11) back where I’ve played in Sydney and Newcastle but, as you can see, CYMS matched it with the best ... and hopefully we can match it with them and have a good performance leading into the semi-finals,” Davis added.
Davis has been a shining light for Wellington, a club that bought-up big in the off-season, securing names like Nathan Merritt and prop Reggie Saunders.
Both have been sporadic in their appearances, while Davis has given the club a reliable, quality half to guide the Wellington’s team of young guns.
One of those young stars is fullback Will Lousick, who is enjoying a break-out year in first grade.
“He’s the big improver. He’s been working hard on his game and is in the gym every day,” Davis said.
“He’s got speed, and you can’t coach that. It’s a great ability to have. I wish I had it. I’m too slow. If I make a break I’ll be looking to pass it.”
CYMS hosts Wellington at No.1 Oval on Sunday.