Tries: Michael Morgan (2), Matthew Wright, Gavin Cooper.
Goals: Johnathan Thurston (3/4)
Field Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)
Tries: Josh Jackson, Corey Thompson, Curtis Rona.
Goals: Trent Hodkinson (2/3)
The North Queensland just keep on winning after knocking over the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs 23-16 at 1300 Smiles Stadium on Saturday night.
In a game that didn’t really hit any heights, especially following the excitement of the Sharks and Warriors, a two try effort from Michael Morgan along with another great display from Johnathan Thurston gave the home side the win.
It was a quiet opening to the game with neither side breaching the defensive line.
In the 15th minute, a bat back from the Bulldogs saw Jake Granville picked up the ball and took off but couldn’t go the distance.
It wasn’t until the 29th minute where the first points were scored.
Michael Morgan got the ball on the left and weaved his way across the field before scoring in the right corner.
Thurston added the extras for a 6-0 lead.
Just before half time the Cowboys went in again when a loose pass from Morgan saw Matthew Wright touchdown out wide.
Thurston had his kicking boots on as the Cowboys went into the break with a 12-0 lead.
Not long after the break the visitors got on the board in controversial fashion. Boom second rower Josh Jackson attacked the line and despite appearing to come up short found the try line with a second effort. The referees believed their was momentum and awarded the try.
Trent Hodkinson converted to reduce the gap to 12-6.
Four minutes later, the Bulldogs went in again. The right side was getting a work out and Corey Thompson did well to put the ball down while being lifted into the air.
Hodkinson tied the game at 12-all.
It was a former Cowboy that came to haunt them in the 61st minute. A cut out pass from Thurston was intercepted by Curtis Rona who ran 75 metres to score and give them a 16-12 lead.
It was all the Cowboys after that with a close range effort from Gavin Cooper and a long range one from Michael Morgan followed by a field goal from Thurston sealed the 23-16 victory for the Cowboys.