Wests Tigers 0
North-Queensland Cowboys 8
Tries: Antonio Winterstein
Goals: Ethan Lowe 2/2
The North-Queensland Cowboys have extended their winning streak to eight-in-a-row after holding the Wests Tigers scoreless on Saturday night. It was a low-scoring fixture at Campbelltown Stadium and a late try from Cowboys centre Antonio Winterstein sealed the win for the away side with less than five minutes to go.
Soft errors and penalties occupied the first twenty minutes of the fixture where both sides failed to make offensive headway. The only exception to this trend being Martin Tapau’s bustling strength bringing him within a metre of scoring before losing possession in the eighteenth minute.
The first points were added to the scoreboard in the twenty-ninth minute after an unforced error from James Tedesco allowed the Cowboys to convert a penalty goal. Jake Granville made the decision for his side to take the penalty goal after James Tedesco’s error, and Ethan Lowe had no issues with converting from short-range.
It seemed the Tigers had little chance of taking the lead as half-time approached when winger Kevin Naiqama left the field for a concussion test, captain Dene Halatau went off for Kyle Lovett and Tim Simona was brought off the field with pain in his right foot. It was no surprise to see the low-scoring half come to an underwhelming end at 2-0.
The tides then turned in the fifty-second minute where after soccer-like kicks downfield from the Tigers, Kevin Naiqama won the chase for the ball and dived over the line for a possible try. Upon further review of Naiwama’s effort soon after the Fijian had returned to the pitch, the video referee decided the grounding of the try was invalid and the home side would remain scoreless.
The decision for a “no try” definitely decreased any high-spirits within the Tigers squad. After being on the attack throughout the later end of the fixture, the Cowboys crossed the line through Antonio Winterstein. It wasn’t a classy effort, but it was one that only had to be reviewed a few times before given the green light. Ethan Lowe then had no issues retaining his 100% conversion-rate for the night and the game finished 8-0 to the Cowboys.