North Queensland Cowboys 64
Tries: Matthew Wright (3), Tariq Sims, Jason Taumalolo (2), Antonio Winsterstein (2), Michael Morgan, Tautau Moga (2), Kane Linnett.
Goals: Johnathan Thurston (8/12)
Wests Tigers 6
Tries: Aaron Woods
Goals: Cory Patterson (1/1)
The North Queensland Cowboys continued Tigers poor end to the season with a 64-6 demolition at 1300 Smiles Stadium on Saturday night.
With the Tigers forced into seven changes on the night from the team that was originally named on Tuesday, they were never in the game as the home side won their fourth straight game and eighth straight at home.
It was a horror start for the visitors as they missed the ball from the kick-off, resulting in a drop-out. From the next set, Matthew Wright scored in the corner.
Johnathan Thurston missed from out wide as the home side led 4-0 after two minutes.
The winger had a double in the 11th minute after another try assist from Tautau Moga before he completed his hat-trick within 15 minutes as he out-leaped late inclusion Kurtis Rowe.
After 15 minutes, the Cowboys led 14-0.
In the 19th minute the home team extended their lead when fullback Michael Morgan sent Tariq Sims over for a try.
Thurston converted for a 20-0 lead.
Seven minutes later Robert Lui became provider as he found Jason Taumalolo and Thurston converted for a 26-0 lead in 26 minutes.
Antonio Winterstein scored his first for the evening from a sweeping move found the winger who finished it off in the corner.
Johnathan Thurston added the extras again for a 32-0 lead, the convincing scoreline that North Queensland took into the half-time break.
The Cowboys weren’t going to settle in the second half and Winterstein had his second in the 42nd minute.
Thurston again converted for a 38-0 lead.
The Tigers struggled in attack and to put any points on the board. That wasn’t the case for the home team as Michael Morgan ran onto an inside ball from Thurston to score and extend the lead even further.
The half-back had the easy task of kicking from in-front for a 44-0 lead.
In the 58th minute the visitors finally got onto the scoreboard when Aaron Woods scored, with Cory Patterson’s conversion taking the scoreline to 44-6.
However, that good feeling for the Tigers didn’t last long when Moga finally got on the board for himself in the 60th minute.
Thurston brought up the half-century but even that was short-lived as Kane Linnett got in on the scoring.
Taumalolo nabbed his second of the game in the 72nd minute after an error from Curtis Sironen inside his own 10 metre line, and Thurston once again had an easy kick to make the score 60-6.
Moga grabbed another try to extend the score to 64-6 in the 78th minute, which is how the game would end as Thurston missed the conversion.