JASON TAUMALOLO IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN
North Queensland’s victory over New Zealand Warriors can be attributed to the brilliant performance by Jason Taumalolo.
The other ‘JT’ was devastating in attack during the opening half in making 187 metres in his first stint on the field that lasted forty-six minutes.
Taumalolo should be one of the first picked for New Zealand’s Four Nations campaign later this year in the UK.
Before then, he’s the impact player to lead North Queensland into deep into this year’s finals.
WARRIORS EFFORT WORTHY OF FINALS FOOTY?
It was an extremely disappointing night for the visiting Warriors side who needed to redeem themselves after last weekend’s shock loss to South Sydney.
Not many games are won with completion rates under 60%. Tonight was a great example as their game was riddled with errors especially inside their own half.
To their credit, the Warriors in general did defend well their own line.
They’ve struggled on the road this season and with a season record of four wins and eight losses, you have to wonder even if they make the finals whether they will be easy fodder for whoever they play first week.
I’m prepared to put a pen through the Warriors for 2016 despite matches against Wests Tigers and the Eels at home to end their regular campaign.
CAN THE COWBOYS MAKE THE TOP FOUR?
Based on their effort against the Warriors, North Queensland are more than capable of making the top four.
They will need to buck their poor Sydney record and beat the Bulldogs at Belmore before returning home to face the Gold Coast Titans, a game they should win.
The passionate words during the week from Johnathan Thurston seemed to lift the side with one player in particular having their best game since Origin in halves partner Michael Morgan.
This could be the turning point for the Cowboys late this season as they try to avoid an early exit like South Sydney suffered defending their title in 2015.
THURSTON REACHES ANOTHER MILESTONE
The amazing career of Johnathan Thurston continued tonight at 1300 Smiles Stadium as he posted his 800th career goal in game 287.
Now on 1,959 career points he will look to surpass Eels legend Mick Cronin to become the fifth highest point scorer in the game over the next couple of weeks.
It’s unlikely he’ll join the exclusive 2,000 club this year. When Thurston does, he joins the greats in Daryl Halligan, Jason Taylor, Andrew Johns and Hazel El Mazri in the exclusive club.
North Queensland Cowboys 34
Tries: Kyle Feldt 2, Jason Taumalolo, Justin O’Neill, Ray Thompson, Michael Morgan
Goals: Johnathan Thurston 5
New Zealand Warriors 6
Tries: Ryan Hoffman
Goal: Shaun Johnson
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