Tries: JONATHAN WRIGHT (35M) , LUKE LEWIS (38M), MICHAEL GORDON (74M)
Goals: MICHAEL GORDON 3/3
Tries: TARIQ SIMS (2M) ,JOHNATHAN THURSTON (5M) ,ANTONIO WINTERSTEIN (22M), MICHAEL MORGAN (56M) , GLENN HALL (62M) , JOHNATHAN THURSTON (68M)
Goals: JOHNATHAN THURSTON 6/7
North Queensland recorded their first away win of 2014 against the Sharks on Friday night.
Whilst the Sharks managed to reduce a 16-0 deficit to 16-12 at halftime, the Cowboys were always in full control of a Cronulla side that lacked confidence in defence and showed little rhythm in attack.
The Cowboys got off to a flying start at Remondis Stadium after Cronulla fullback Michael Gordon made a costly error just moments into the match.
Tariq Sims cashing in on Gordon’s error and giving the visitors an early 6-0 lead.
North Queensland found their way to the line just moments later increasing their lead to 10-0 .
A try to Antonio Winterstein in the 22nd minute increased the Cowboys lead to 16-0 however the Sharks finally found their way to the try line through a pinpoint kick by young five-eighth Fa’amanu Brown.
Luke Lewis’ outstanding footwork led the Sharks to their second four pointer in the shadows of halftime. Gordon’s successful conversion bringing up his 1000th point in the NRL and after early domination by North Queensland , reducing the score line to 16-12.
With the home side threatening to produce one of their famous ‘Cronulla comebacks’ , the Cowboys wasted little time in accepting a gifted two points after an inexcusable penalty was given away by the Sharks.
It was all one way traffic from that point on with the Cowboys scoring through a determined run by Michael Morgan followed by a soft try to powerhouse Glenn Hall.
A somewhat controversial try was awarded to the Cowboys after the video referee overturned the on field call of no try, determining that Thurston was initial to take possession from Michael Gordon in the act of a one on one strip. The Cowboys pushing their lead out to 36-12 off the back of this decision.
A late try to the Sharks gave the small amount of fans at Remondis Stadium something to cheer about however another disappointing loss riddled with inexcusable errors and weak defence at crucial times adds to an already long list of poor losses in 2014 , something fans aren’t happy about.
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