North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans

vs

Recap

Cowboys earn the double chance

While they may be worried at a slightly hobbling (god knows I am) JT at the siren, the Cowboys will be heading to either Cronulla or Melbourne to face the Minor Premiers. The best thing about this is that they are both currently beating the bejesus out of each other as we speak and the game should be on Sunday at 4pm giving us an extra day to recover. We will have a final up in our stadium, be it in two weeks or three, and the side is going to be stronger with the return of Matt Scott next weekend. Good times up north again.

Are the Titans ready for the Post Season

Before the signing of Hayne, the Titans were the “good News” story of the season. Many had them fighting the Knights for the Spoon rather than for a spot in the eight and they had fought, wins over Canberra, the Tigers and Penrith as well as over the sides that teams in the eight should beat had people giving them the thumbs up for effort and you were not that upset when they messed up your tipping. However, as the season wore on, we saw them drop some of the same games, the lost to the Panthers and Raiders and the Warriors also exposed some areas that lacked experience. Will they make it into next week, this is now in the Tigers/Raiders hands Sunday at 2pm.

Who swapped JT’s boots?

In a head scratching display for every local, we watched the ball go dead off Thurston’s kicks. It is clear that this needs to be investigated as the balls must have been incorrectly inflated by the NRL or someone mowed the grass incorrectly. Such errors are significant and cannot be allowed to occur during the finals, when they may be way more important.

What does Hayne need to do to get reported? We know he can touch refs, that is taken for granted, and while he was penalised for his petulant display after knocking the ball on in front of the referee, his spray afterwards would have earned any other player an extra 10 metres, if not more. For a player that is held in such high regard and compensated so well, his sportsmanship and respect for the officials is distinctly questionable.

Play of the day

Konrad Hurrell’s 85 metre intercept (will be 110 metres by Mad Monday) the stutter step raised the hopes briefly for Titans fans but it was a great individual effort as well.

Cowboys 32:
Tries: Cooper (2), O’Neill, Winterstein, Big Jimmy Tamou.
Conversions: Thurston 5/5 Penalties 1/1

Titans 16:
Tries: Mead, James, Hurrell.
Conversions: Roberts (2/3)

 

Results

TeamTriesConversionsFGPointsOutcome
NQL56032Win
GLD32016Loss

NQL

Position T G P DG

GLD

Position T G P DG
T
0
0
G
0
0
P
0
0
DG
0
0

Venue

1300 Smiles Stadium
14 Golf Links Dr, Kirwan QLD 4817, Australia