Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys highlights: NRL live scores, blog

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    Eels vs Cowboys

    NRL, 10 June, 2017

    TIO Stadium
    Fulltime - Eels 6, Cowboys 32
    Eels   Cowboys
    6 FINAL SCORE 32
    1 TRIES 5
    Referee: Adam Gee
    Touch judges: Jason Walsh & Clayton Sharpe
    Video Referee: Luke Patten

    Match result:

    A masterclass from returning superstar Johnathan Thurston has led North Queensland to a 32-6 NRL thumping of Parramatta in Darwin.

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    Final score
    Parramatta Eels 6
    North Queensland Cowboys 32

    Match preview:

    The Parramatta Eels will be attempting to keep their undefeated streak in Darwin alive, but standing in their way is the North Queensland Cowboys, with Johnathan Thurston again slated for a return. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEST).

    The Eels have played one game per season in the top end since 2014, winning all of them against the Canberra Raiders, Penrith Panthers and Gold Coast Titans respectively.

    Now it’s the Cowboys turn to try their hand at beating Parramatta in Darwin, and they look to be in with a good chance of doing so.

    In typical Darwin fashion, it’s going to be a scorcher – 31 degrees cooling to about 27 by kick-off, and that could hurt the Eels, with the Cowboys used to the heat in Townsville.

    Parramatta come into the contest having notched a win over the New Zealand Warriors last week. It was a gutsy performance from Brad Arthur’s men, who had just one man on the bench by full time as injuries took their toll.

    Still, there hasn’t been a great deal of specialness about beating the Warriors this season. But with Mitchell Moses starting to fire on attack, combining beautifully with Clint Gutherson and Bevan French somewhere near his devastating best, the Eels have a very strong spine who can unleash at any moment.

    Their forwards though, have been a little out of sorts and they find themselves clinging onto a spot in the top eight. Josh Hoffman is out this week as well, but Tim Mannah is back with Corey Norman also a chance.

    The Cowboys, on the other hand have been eagerly awaiting the return of Johnathan Thurston. The best player in the game hasn’t been seen in a North Queensland uniform for over a month, but has been named on the reserves list for the last fortnight after missing Origin 1.

    Other injuries hampered the Cowboys progress, with other key members Lachlan Coote and Jake Granville both being sidelined. Without them, the pressure was on Michael Morgan, and with their forwards not standing strong he got rolled.

    Granville and Coote coming back has improved their fortunes but despite a win over the Titans last week, they will be concerned by only being able to score 20 points with 65 per cent possession.

    Still, they controlled the game from the outset and it’s that level the Cowboys have played at over the last few years – and one they will need to stay at if they are to improve from their current seventh position.

    The Cowboys controlled the action last week. They won’t do it for 80 minutes against the Eels, but the second half could see them march away in the heat of Darwin.

    Cowboys by 6.

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    • 9:22pm
      Rob said | 9:22pm | ! Report

      Thanks Scott.
      JT looked good fresh from a spell. The Cowboys may have gained a lot by playing without him for a while.
      The Eels plan seemed to be all about giving JT a hard time with late shots and winning the wrestle with niggle. They forgot about playing football in my opinion.

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 9:28pm | ! Report

        No worries Rob – thanks for your comments.

        Yep, JT looked really good. Scares me what he will be able to do in Origin.

        • 9:31pm
          Rob said | 9:31pm | ! Report

          NSW are a lot better than the Eels. LOL

          • Roar Guru

            Scott Pryde said | 9:39pm | ! Report

            This is true – But Thurston will find a way to pull a rabbit out of the hat as he always does.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:17pm | ! Report

      » Click here to read the full match report

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar for our live coverage of the 2017 NRL Season as the North Queensland Cowboys hammered the Parramatta Eels. Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      The NRL will continue tomorrow on The Roar from 4pm (AEST) as the Sydney Roosters host the Wests Tigers. Alan Nicolea will bring you that one.

      I’m switching straight over to Stage 7 of the Criterium du Dauphine.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:16pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:15pm | ! Report


      The Eels get a full set out with Moses putting a bomb up, but it rolls away over the dead ball line and the Cowboys have recorded a dominant victory.

      Johnathan Thurston is back with a bang, their forwards dominated from start to finish and the Eels just didn’t look in the same category.

      Parramatta Eels 6
      North Queensland Cowboys 32

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:14pm | ! Report

      79′ – Time just ticking away now. Not much drama left in this one. The Cowboys come to halfway before Granville kicks, but can’t find the sideline with Radradra bringing it back.

      Eels 6
      Cowboys 32

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:13pm | ! Report

      78′ – Radradra brings it away for the Eels now before Matagi winds up and then Moses takes off down the right, linking with Davis who is brought to ground by Thurston 40 out. Edwards back through the middle before he finds Ma’u with a short ball. Norman a grubber on the last and Feldt will bring it out of the corner.

      Eels 6
      Cowboys 32

    • 9:12pm
      Rob said | 9:12pm | ! Report

      Since half time the Eels have stopped the over the top rubbish and just started playing football. They look much better for it but it’s taken 65 minutes.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:12pm | ! Report

      77′ – The Cowboys moving down field here and it’s an offload to Granville before he links with Thurston who finds Asiata and he is tackled 15 out, standing in the tackle. Morgan heads back to the post and he has offloaded it straight to Tim Mannah who was on the ground.

      Eels 6
      Cowboys 32

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:10pm | ! Report

      76′ – Radradra and Davis bring the Eels out of their own red-zone before Moeroa goes to Norman and he looks to offload on halfway for Moses, but it’s been dropped.

      Moses and Coote with a bit of push and shove.

      Eels 6
      Cowboys 32

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:09pm | ! Report

      75′ – The Cowboys bringing it out of their own reasonably well, but still just going through the motions. Coote with a grubber from halfway on the last and French brings it back.

      Eels 6
      Cowboys 32

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:08pm | ! Report

      74′ – Alvaro rolls forward on the first before Mannah cuts to the right and is put on his back 15 metres out. Back through the middle and Alvaro is taken to ground before Mau has it on th left, offloads to Smith and then he goes long to Moses who slips over. Norman right to Gutherson and he can’t get through. Last play with Norman kicking – it’s gone to ground and it’s a two-way knock-on, first off the Eels.

      Eels 6
      Cowboys 32

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:07pm | ! Report

      73′ – The Cowboys now with an error coming out of their own end.

      Eels 6
      Cowboys 32

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