North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks: NRL live scores, blog

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    The Sharks looking dejected during the round 25 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Cronulla Sharks. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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    Nth Queensland Vs. Cronulla

    2013 NRL Premiership Season, 1 July, 2013

    1300SMILES Stadium, Kirwan, QLD
    Nth Queensland 24 defeated Cronulla 4
    Nth Queensland Cronulla
    24 FINAL SCORE 4
    4 TRIES 1
    3/4 CONVERSION KICKS 0/1
    1/1 PENALTY GOALS 0/0
    0/0 FIELD GOAL 0/1
     
    Top scorers:
    • Nth Queensland - Johnathan Thurston 8pts (0T 4G)
    • Cronulla - Luke Lewis 4pts (1T 0G)
    Important moments:
    • Nth Queensland took the lead at the 5 min. mark 2nd half
    • Johnathan Thurston (NQld) scored at the 77 min. mark 2nd half
     
    Referee: Devcich, A
    Touch judges: Turner, R & Gough, P

    It’s getting into must win territory already for the North Queensland Cowboys, as they host the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium tonight. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 6.30pm AEST.

    It’s been a torrid time for the Townsville club since the Origin period began, as they have lost their last four matches and will be desperate to avoid that becoming five.

    Jonathan Thurston will not be rested as Matt Bowen aside; Neil Henry’s men are at full strength.

    On the other hand, the Sharks have lost just once in the last eight weeks, and have the added luxury of captain Paul Gallen not being slapped with a post-origin suspension, as he was after game one.

    Surprisingly, the Sharks actually have a winning record up north, having won 10 of the 16 meetings at 1300SMILES Stadium.

    They enjoyed a win here last season, but the most recent meeting between the two sides was a 36-22 victory for the Cowboys at Shark Park.

    Andrew Fifita will buoyed by both a strong showing in Origin two (probably the only NSW player who can be proud of Wednesday) and by his minimal involvement in the Sharks’ last outing.

    Look for him to be heavily involved here.

    Cowboys’ skipper Thurston hasn’t had the best of seasons so far this year, but he was at his brilliant best on Wednesday night, and North Queensland desperately need more of that from their diminutive playmaker.

    The Sharks are looking to consolidate a top eight spot, and the Cowboys are just looking to pull away from Parramatta and St George-Illawarra at the bottom.

    Join us just before 6.30pm AEST for all the team news and action.

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    • Roar Rookie

      10:18pm
      Fra-Dog said | 10:18pm | ! Report

      Back to back wins, come on Cowboys time to get on a run and crack this top 8 🙂

    • 8:18pm
      eagleJack said | 8:18pm | ! Report

      Nice to see Tamou, Lewis and Fifita having a chat at the end “How can we stop Thurston in the decider boys”.

    • Roar Guru

      8:14pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:14pm | ! Report

      FULL TIME

      NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS 24

      CRONULLA SHARKS 4

      • Roar Guru

        8:17pm
        Matt Bungard said | 8:17pm | ! Report

        I feel a bit sorry for Cronulla – that game was incredibly close up until the last few minutes where it blew out after they tried to force their hand and made silly mistakes. That said, the second half was all Cowboys and they definitely deserved the win.

        It’s a much needed two points for North Queensland as they leapfrog the Dragons into 14th spot, and will try to build some momentum from here. The Sharks remain in sixth.

        Thanks for following along, I’ve been @TheMattBungard – cheers

        • 10:58pm
          Marldon said | 10:58pm | ! Report

          Cowboys played badly tonight, it was woeful. They only came to life late in the second half. Very poor cowboys, you ain’t gonna win much playing like that.

    • Roar Guru

      8:14pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:14pm | ! Report

      80th min

      Winterstein with a break, he offloads to Gavin Cooper with nobody in front of him but loses the ball!

    • Roar Guru

      8:12pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:12pm | ! Report

      79th min, NQ 24-4

      Nope. John Wright spills it and that should be that!

    • Roar Guru

      8:11pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:11pm | ! Report

      78th min, NQ 24-4

      Sims loses it 40 out, can Cronulla get a consolation?

    • 8:10pm
      fishes said | 8:10pm | ! Report

      Man the sharks have the worst backline in the competition… by a long way

      • Roar Guru

        8:13pm
        Matt Bungard said | 8:13pm | ! Report

        Yeah, when Beau Ryan is the second best member of your back line, you’re struggling..

      • 11:01pm
        Marldon said | 11:01pm | ! Report

        At last, the penny drops for fishes.

        Now you see what I mean by poor “me too” recruitment ? No targets, no strategy, no consideration of team holistics just recruit them all and hope for the best.

        • 12:18am
          fishes said | 12:18am | ! Report

          They do have a recruitment strategy. The strategy is “let’s recruit 20+ second rowers and ignore all the other positions”

    • Roar Guru

      8:09pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:09pm | ! Report

      76th min

      LINNETT GETS HIS SECOND!

      • Roar Guru

        8:09pm
        Matt Bungard said | 8:09pm | ! Report

        After the restart penalty, they come downfield and the young center pushes through a couple to claim his double!

    • Roar Guru

      8:08pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:08pm | ! Report

      75th min, NQ 18-4

      The kickoff doesn’t go ten and that’s a Cowboys penalty!

    • Roar Guru

      8:05pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:05pm | ! Report

      73rd

      THEY’VE DROPPED THE BALL AND WINTERSTEIN SEALS IT!

      • Roar Guru

        8:06pm
        Matt Bungard said | 8:06pm | ! Report

        After that great catch from Stapleton, Matt Wright drops a simple pass, Thurston seizes on it and that should be that!

        • Roar Guru

          8:07pm
          Matt Bungard said | 8:07pm | ! Report

          And it will be now as Thurston nails the sideline conversion! 18-4!

    • Roar Guru

      8:05pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:05pm | ! Report

      73rd min, NQ 12-4

      Thurston bombs to Stapleton and this time it’s a great catch!

    • Roar Guru

      8:03pm
      Matt Bungard said | 8:03pm | ! Report

      71st min

      Thurston from the left side of the field….

      Nailed it! Is that enough?

      8 point lead with nine minutes to go.

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