Solid Win for the Locals
At home, the Cowboys have an excellent record. This game was held in hot conditions and the humidity would have been sapping the legs of the Rabbitohs as the game went on. As such, the game did not reach any highlights but was a very solid performance by both sides, with the class of the Cowboys being the point of difference. This was shown with the opening try, Michael Morgan did his Coen Hess impersonation to barge over from close range. Expecting the ball to go to the big young forward, Morgan deceived the Bunnies and was able to plant it down with force and glee.
Souths looked a bit uninventive
South Sydney followed a game plan tonight, it was not working for them and did not look like it would work, but they did follow it until the siren finished the match. When you have the potential ball runners and include players like Reynolds, you expect a bit more variety than what was put on the park this evening. Relying on the other team to make mistakes to give you field position is not the way to beat top tier teams, and that was clear tonight.
Gideon Gela-Mosby is a good winger
The youngster ran for 168 metres, and led the Cowboys with 21 runs (Only Bowen and Taumalolo ran further), and of course, scored his second try of his two-match career. Few would expect a rookie to be willing to put their hand up for such a workload, but he was eager to get involved and his speed and size certainly caused problems. We may have lost Ponga, but this young man is definitely no slouch. Well Played.
Sometimes the bunker takes the fun out of the game
Late in the contest, we saw some Thurston magic as he kicked, kicked again, regathered and then put in a perfect cross field kick that wrong footed the defence and put Coote over for a well worked try. Pure class dragged back due to a player being a foot in front of the second to poke. Sad that this beauty will never see the record books but that’s the breaks.
North Queensland Cowboys 20
Tries:3 (Morgan, Gela-Mosby, Fensom)
South Sydney Rabbitohs 6