North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos: NRL live scores, blog

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    Nth Queensland Vs. Brisbane

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 27 July, 2013

    1300SMILES Stadium, Kirwan, QLD
    Brisbane 18 defeated Nth Queensland 16
    Nth Queensland Brisbane
    16 FINAL SCORE 18
    3 TRIES 3
    2/3 CONVERSION KICKS 3/3
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/0
     
    Top scorers:
    • Nth Queensland - Matthew Bowen 4pts (1T 0G)
    • Brisbane - Scott Prince 6pts (0T 3G)
    Important moments:
    • Brisbane took the lead at the 44 min. mark 2nd half
    • Scott Prince (Bris) scored at the 74 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Sutton, G
    Touch judges: Gee, A & Wise, M

    It’s perform or perish in the NRL’s Queensland derby as the battling Brisbane Broncos take on a desperate North Queensland Cowboys outfit in Townsville tonight. Join us from 7.30pm AEST for live scores and updates.

    Whilst games between these two teams are always big affairs, tonight’s clash is sure to have some extra spice as the loser may as well start planning for next year.

    With just six wins each some would argue that the horse may have already bolted, but where there’s life there’s hope, and both Brisbane and North Queensland fans will be hoping for something special tonight.

    Prediction

    Both teams are coming off a bye in round 19, and have taken the chance to have a good hard look at themselves in the mirror.

    Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has wielded the axe, with Ben Hunt being elevated from the bench to the halfback role, the Parramatta bound Corey Norman set to play Intrust Super Cup and Alex Glenn moving out to the centres.

    Such a radical shake-up this late in the season is a significant gamble for the Broncos, and it will be interesting to see if their new look spine can give them the spark they’ve so sorely lacked.

    In the Cowboys camp coach Neil Henry would be relieved to have back his Origin stars, in particular his on-field general Johnathan Thurston who will look to link up with partner in crime Matt Bowen who returns from injury tonight.

    These clashes tend to be entertaining, end to end affairs and that’s likely to be the case again tonight.

    Whilst the two teams looking just about even the Cowboys in their two wingers in WInterstein and Faifai Loa have a significant edge over their young Bronco opposites, and you can expect the radar like boot of Thurston to use this to his advantage all night.

    I’m tipping the Cowboys by four.

    Chris Chard is a sports humour writer commenting on the often absurd nature of professional sport. A rugby league fan boy with a good blend of youth and experience taking things one week at a time, Chris has written for The Roar since 2011. Tweet him @Vic_Arious

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    • 1:14am
      george said | 1:14am | ! Report

      what was crowd figure tonight ?

    • 12:28am
      ghaii said | 12:28am | ! Report

      This was a very entertaining match. It showed a lot of class and composition from both teams.

    • Columnist

      9:34pm
      Chris Chard said | 9:34pm | ! Report

      Man of the Match is Justin Hodges

      That’s it from me tonight, have a great weekend sports fans!

    • Columnist

      9:31pm
      Chris Chard said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      Both teams showed touches of brilliance tonight as well as a few clumsy errors

      For Brisbane the shake up seems to have worked, with Hoffman brave at the back and Hunt scheming in the halves

      As for the Cowboys, well, they tried hard but probably can look back on a few missed opportunities.

      • Roar Guru

        9:34pm
        Cameron Kellett said | 9:34pm | ! Report

        I thought Prince, Parker and Gillett were great tonight to compliment Hodges, Hunt and Hoffman!

    • Roar Guru

      9:29pm
      Cameron Kellett said | 9:29pm | ! Report

      I can breathe again. Thank God! I can go to bed happy and not have to watch the poor excuse of a League match next on 9.

      • 9:41pm
        Planko said | 9:41pm | ! Report

        Kellett i am watching replay and hoffman with good touches already

        • Roar Guru

          10:09pm
          Cameron Kellett said | 10:09pm | ! Report

          It was a great match from the boys tonight. I’ve written a piece that fingers crossed gets published.

          • 11:47pm
            Morfs said | 11:47pm | ! Report

            This was far more enjoyable than the tripe served up in the Doggies/Eels match. Alas, Nein decided to grace us Victorian League fans with the NSW game live. I wonder how many tuned out before the QLD derby?

            Good win for the Broncos, the Cowboys failed to capitalise on their repeat sets in the second half. All up, while I was cheering for North QLD, I don’t really mind the result, as the game was exciting, if not of the best quality. Best of luck for the rest of the season, kellett.

    • Columnist

      9:29pm
      Chris Chard said | 9:29pm | ! Report

      80m

      Close..but not close enough!

      Broncos win a great game of footy by just two points in Townsville tonight!

    • Roar Guru

      9:28pm
      Cameron Kellett said | 9:28pm | ! Report

      Nooo! Hold on damn it!

      • 9:30pm
        Matt said | 9:30pm | ! Report

        Broncos just in front, cowboys scrum. I’ve seen this before…

    • Columnist

      9:27pm
      Chris Chard said | 9:27pm | ! Report

      79m

      Cowboys make a meal of the set pla but they get a PENALTY!

      Bri 18
      NQ 16

    • Columnist

      9:27pm
      Chris Chard said | 9:27pm | ! Report

      79m

      One min left, a scrum on the NQ 30m line…last shot for the Cowboys tonight

      Bri 18
      NQ 16

    • Roar Guru

      9:26pm
      Cameron Kellett said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      Don’t choke, don’t choke, don’t choke!

    • Columnist

      9:26pm
      Chris Chard said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      78m

      Last tackle, Bowen grubbers mid field but the Broncos dive on the ball on their own 20

      Bri 18
      NQ 16

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