Wests Tigers Try Scorers: Farah, Austin, Richards
Goals: Richards 2/3
North Queensland Cowboys Try Scorers: Tate
Goals: Thurston 0/2
Wests Tigers made it three wins in a row as they were victorious over North Queensland Cowboys in a 16-4 win which was overshadowed by an elbow injury to captain Robbie Farah.
The home side went into the game without James Tedesco and Braith Anasta as Farah is now set to be out for several weeks as he dislocated his elbow in a tackle late on in the game.
The game started with Jonathan Thurston missing a penalty goal which you would have put your house on him converting from almost in front of the sticks. However, it was his break that set up Brent Tate for the opening score as he went over in the corner after Thurston latched on to Brooks’ knock on.
Robbie Farah was brilliant once again and it was the skipper who sent the home side in at the break 6-4 ahead when he scooted over from dummy half to score under the sticks.
Just five minutes into the second forty, Blake Austin grabbed a fortunate try as a Farah kick hit a Cowboys’ defender before striking a post and falling kindly to the number six.
Tim Simona came up with a brilliant break as he made it to the Cowboys’ 30 metre line from a quick tap on his own line, Winterstein came up with the try saver. Winterstein was then forced off with a hamstring injury after he went on a good run of his own.
The Cowboys couldn’t make anything stick and when Tate broke he gave the ball to Thurston with a drop off but the Golden Boot holder knocked on with the line at his mercy.
It could have been much worse for North Queensland but fullback Morgan came up with a try saving play when he dislodged the ball from Nofoaluma’s grasp as he was mid-air and over the line.
The game was put to bed off the back of a signature dummy half dash from skipper Farah as his cut out pass found Pat Richards as the winger strolled over in the corner.
The Tigers were then hit with a killer blow though as the influential Farah had to leave the field with a dislocated elbow which will keep him side-lined for several weeks. The final score was 16-4 to the Tigers.