North Queensland Cowboys 27
Tries: Matt Scott, Kane Linnett, Ethan Lowe, Rory Kostjasyn
Goals: Johnathon Thurston 5
Field Goals: Johnathon Thurston
Brisbane Broncos 14
Tries: Ben Hunt 2, Dale Copley
Goals: Corey Parker
Field Goals: nil
A brilliant game from Matt Scott has set the Cowboys on their way to a 27-14 Queensland derby win over the Broncos at 1300 Smiles Stadium.
Scott terrorised the Broncos early on and went on to post the first four pointer at the ten minute mark. Queensland Origin teammate Johnathon Thurston was able to take advantage of Scott’s powerful display as the Cowboys stretched their lead to twelve points following Kane Linnett’s try.
A scare for Thurston who was forced to the sheds with the Cowboys in control after reeling out of a tackle. Brisbane lifted and created enough chances to post points but couldn’t get over the line. Their best chance was in the opening exchanges when Michael Morgan held up Matt Gillett in a total mismatch.
It wasn’t until Ben Hunt’s try seven minutes after the break that the Broncos got back into the game. Jack Reed’s intercept crucial in snuffing out a Cowboys scoring opportunity at the other end of the field. Hunt’s second nineteen minutes from time narrowed the gap to four points.
The Cowboys had the final say in the game when Ethan Lowe crossed with eight minutes remaining. Thurston’s field goal with two minutes to go confirmed the Cowboys would record back-to-back wins at home. Rory Kostjasyn avoided the right hand posts in scoring right on full time.
Brisbane again were slow off the blocks despite Gillett’s efforts in the opening minutes. Jack Reed squandered a great scoring opportunity after chasing a kick through, unable to force the ball down correctly. All seems not so well after Ben Hannant’s surprise axing prior to the game over form. Sam Thiaday’s absence should have seen Hannant’s inclusion for such an important game with competition points crucial in such a tight competition.
Paul Green and Mal Meninga will be relieved that Thurston’s head knock wasn’t serious and he was able to continue after a short stint on the sideline. Matt Scott’s superb form is an ominous sign for New South Wales with State of Origin just around the corner. They now sit just two points out of the eight as they host defending premiers Sydney Roosters this Saturday night.