North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores, blog
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Nth Queensland Vs. Newcastle
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 26 August, 2012
|Dairy Farmers Stadium, Kirwan, QLD|
|Nth Queensland 22 defeated Newcastle 14|
|Referee: B Cummins|
|Touch judges: S Carrall & Chris Butler|
The North Queensland Cowboys will be keen to secure a home final when they clash against the Newcastle Knights in what should be a high scoring contest. Join us for live scores and blog from 7.30pm AEST.
North Queensland have established themselves as the dark horses of this competition, sitting in fifth position on the NRL ladder with a very healthy point’s differential.
Despite being pushed on Monday night, the Cowboys played with enough class to dispose of a committed and physical Dragons outfit.
The Cowboys are now back at home and play a Knights side coming off a season ending loss to Manly last week.
In a must win game Newcastle were blown off the park by the Sea Eagles early, trailing 38-4 at halftime before eventually succumbing 42-20 in a high scoring contest.
Despite the one-sided score line, the Knights did put Manly under the pump throughout the second half and always looked dangerous when in possession
Newcastle were starved of the football last week but Darius Boyd, Willie Mason, Kevin Naiqama, Timana Tahu and Akuila Uate all stretched the Sea Eagles defence and will do likewise to the Cowboys if the home side fails to respect possession.
North Queensland raced out to a 12-nil lead on Monday night but then found themselves behind in the second half after sustained pressure from the Dragons.
If the Cowboys are to really consider themselves true premiership contenders, they have to find a way to absorb large amounts of pressure.
Melbourne, Manly and Canterbury continue to lead the way when defending their own line, but the Cowboys defence still possesses some question marks, particularly out wide.
With Newcastle keen to throw caution to the wind tonight, it will be interesting to see how well the Cowboys can handle the unpredictable Knights attack.
If North Queensland can just produce some extra steel in their defence, they have more than enough firepower to win well, particularly if Matthew Bowen and Johnathon Thurston continue to fire.
Cowboys by 12.