Cowboys conquer Rabbitohs 23-10

Matthew Lucas Roar Guru

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    The Cowboys have recorded their third win on the trot after beating South Sydney 23-10 at Barlow Park.

    Hooker Jake Granville was a stand out for North Queensland helping set up two tries as well as collecting one himself in what was a phenomenal effort.

    Michael Morgan steered the side around the park nicely with a number of influential plays. One of which included a 40/20 attempt in the 63rd minute that ended in Johnston being forced back into the in goal.

    It took Souths until the 68th minute to find some sort of momentum following a number of puncturing runs by Crichton and Burgess in the build up that resulted in a try to Braidon Burns.

    That was one of their few highlights as errors and easy turnovers saw the Cowboys topple them and effectively their season.

    The opening forty resembled a start stop affair as both sides were guilty of giving up cheap ball and piggyback penalties.

    South Sydney were the first to open up the scoring courtesy of some light stepping by Adam Reynolds who bamboozled the defence before putting Cody Walker under the sticks to score in the 13th minute.

    The Jake Granville show clicked into gear shortly after with his crafty work at dummy half helping set up tries for a rampaging Taumalolo and Coen Hess to give them a 16-6 lead at the break.

    In between the two plays, Kyle Feldt collect a four pointer after North Queensland’s spine took advantage of Souths up and in defence to put it through the hands in the 27th minute.

    Granville was at it again just 6 minutes into the second half when he strolled over from dummy half to extend the Cowboys lead by 16 points following Lowe’s conversion.

    South Sydney wrestled back some ascendancy following Braidon Burns’ try but were always in a race against the clock and themselves.

    Lachlan Coote got some field goal practice in during the dying stages with a wobbly one pointer as the scores finished at 23-10.

    The Cowboys now join a host of teams sitting in second position on 26 points while South Sydney will start preparing for next week’s match against the Sharks and perhaps their mad Monday celebrations.

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • Roar Pro

      July 16th 2017 @ 11:44pm
      J.C. said | July 16th 2017 @ 11:44pm | ! Report

      Great win for the Cowboys in Cairns, rather good watch. I did find it interesting though that the Cairns crowd was only approximately 11200 while the Darwin crowd was 11968 at Tio Stadium. Considering that Barlow has a capacity of 18000 compared to Tio Stadium which can only hold 14000, this is funny how more Darwin locals turned out for thier annual fix rather than a heart land league location such as Cairns. I understand that Cairns is only 4 hours up the road from Townsville, but you think they get a sellout. I definitely think the Cowboys should come here again ( darwin) next year as people would rather see Thurston then most others ( which the exception of the Melbourne Storm big 3) play and draw the bigger crowds. But again great win to the Cowboys.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 17th 2017 @ 2:49pm
        steveng said | July 17th 2017 @ 2:49pm | ! Report

        That wasn’t such a convincing win, they should have thrashed the rabbled Rabbits by at least 30+ points!!! The Cows made allot of mistakes and for me, they are not a top 4 team or a GF contender.

    • Roar Pro

      July 17th 2017 @ 3:56pm
      J.C. said | July 17th 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

      Without Thurston and Scott they have zero chance of making the top four, but im not that surprised they beat the bunnies, they have been lackluster at best. Its seems the Storm will steamroll the comp into another premiership, as they have no injury concerns and are in top form

    • July 17th 2017 @ 5:17pm
      Rob said | July 17th 2017 @ 5:17pm | ! Report

      Cowboys have strung a few wins in a row together now, all whilst having key personal out through injury and Origin. All they need to do is keep winning to achieve a shot in the finals.
      Super impressed with the teams attitude in defence, attention to detail with the ball and smart kicking game of late. They have averaged 22.5 points in the last 5 games without Thurston which is encouraging considering he has been the key playmaker for so long. They have had to remodel the team and combinations over a short period which is hard to do, but they are playing smart football. Hopefully they can keep improving whilst being under estimated. The Cows have beat some good attacking teams with biggers packs and faster backs in Penrith, Raiders and Souths in recent weeks. Well done Cowboys.

    • Roar Pro

      July 17th 2017 @ 6:50pm
      J.C. said | July 17th 2017 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

      They have certainly done well against the lower level teams, but the real challenge will come against the Roosters, Sharks and the Storm. They have the Warriors at home this week, so that should be a easy enough win but having said the Warriors can give the Cowboys trouble at home.

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