Can you believe it? Cowboys in the grand final after scalping Sydney!

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    The North Queensland Cowboys are through to the NRL grand final after a 13-point roller coaster victory over the Sydney Roosters in the second preliminary final at Allianz Stadium.

    Against all the odds, Paul Green’s men have pulled off three upsets in a row to book their spot in the grand final against the Melbourne Storm next Sunday.

    Michael Morgan again led from the front for the Cowboys. His kicking game was superb from start to finish, landing everything in the corners and ensuring the Roosters back three never had room to move.

    It was a Morgan 40/20 that broke the deadlock of a fast start to the game. It was going set-for-set until Morgan put a regulation last tackle kick downfield to get the ball back.

    The kick sparked a run of momentum for the Cowboys, who spent almost all of the next quarter of an hour with the ball. While they could only turn it into eight points, the Roosters looked fatigued in defence.

    An Ethan Lowe penalty goal got the scoring underway with Latrell Mitchell putting the kick-off out on the full following.

    The Cowboys then dominated, before Te Maire Martin put on a show of acceleration and speed to burn the defence and run away to score off a Morgan short ball.

    The Martin try had the Cowboys well on top, but the Roosters finally got the ball back and were right back in the contest at halftime with a try from nowhere.

    A Mitchell Pearce crossfield kick cleared the Cowboys edge defenders – Kane Linnett and Kyle Feldt – with the ball falling into the lap of Latrell Mitchell who went over to score.

    The Roosters were behind two at the break, but an error on the first play of the second half had the tri-colours back on the attack with Connor Watson cruising over to score six minutes later.

    It was a topsy-turvy second half though, with the lead changing hands multiple times. Kane Linnett scored next for the Cowboys, before Blake Ferguson scored in the 61st minute off an error to put Sydney back into the lead.

    The Cowboys though simply refused to go away. Kyle Feldt scored a miraculous try 14 minutes from time with Ethan Lowe’s goalkicking ensuring they kept the lead, before Michael Morgan iced it with a field goal a few minutes from time.

    A Scott Bolton try on the bell capped off a wonderful night for the Cowboys, who advance to their second grand final in three years.

    Scott Pryde
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    • September 23rd 2017 @ 9:43pm
      Craig Joubert said | September 23rd 2017 @ 9:43pm | ! Report

      I can believe it….. actually, no I can’t

      Could be a good game next week

    • Roar Guru

      September 23rd 2017 @ 9:46pm
      Adam said | September 23rd 2017 @ 9:46pm | ! Report

      Wow. Now every fan has a team in the grand final. Will matt scott be back?

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 11:20pm
        Pickett said | September 23rd 2017 @ 11:20pm | ! Report

        Not me mate.
        Don’t like Melba, don’t give a toss about Cows.
        Interest in the GF….Zero

        • September 24th 2017 @ 6:41pm
          sportstragic said | September 24th 2017 @ 6:41pm | ! Report

          You bothered to read this article then post a comment but you have no interest in the Grand Final???

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 11:53pm
        JVGO said | September 23rd 2017 @ 11:53pm | ! Report

        No, Sharks fans don’t have a team. We won’t even be backing the refs.

        • September 24th 2017 @ 8:22am
          Jimmmy said | September 24th 2017 @ 8:22am | ! Report

          On ya JVGO. Did you say something after the Cows Sharks game ? Perhaps ‘ the Cows won’t go another week.’
          This is exactly the GF the NRL wants you see. A team from a thousand Miles away and a team Melbourne yet again. Those evil people get what they want yet again

      • September 24th 2017 @ 7:33am
        Peter Phelps said | September 24th 2017 @ 7:33am | ! Report

        Absolutely amazes me.

        I seriously cannot understand this attitude.

        I don’t follow the Cows nor the Roosters but that was a fantastic game to watch last night. Sure its great if your team gets to the big one and that makes it special but seriously… you don’t want to watch a great game of rugby league simply because your team isn’t playing …… geez boys, how old are you like 10 …. time to grow up.

        • September 24th 2017 @ 10:30am
          JVGO said | September 24th 2017 @ 10:30am | ! Report

          I’ll be in Chicago watching NFL. The week after I’ll be in the Black Hole because I’m a fan of the other Raiders.

    • September 23rd 2017 @ 9:47pm
      nopuritan said | September 23rd 2017 @ 9:47pm | ! Report

      next week the Cowboys will prove that the Storm aren’t thunder and lightning but mere piss and wind

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:00pm
        Peter Phelps said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:00pm | ! Report

        This final is what I was hoping for.

        The Storm is coming and I predict a cricket score.

        • September 25th 2017 @ 8:56pm
          mzilikazi said | September 25th 2017 @ 8:56pm | ! Report

          Are you walking out on a very long plank, PP…..I fear you might be…cricket score…mmm !

      • September 24th 2017 @ 12:40am
        Dean said | September 24th 2017 @ 12:40am | ! Report

        You poor jealous twerp.

      • September 24th 2017 @ 12:41am
        Dean said | September 24th 2017 @ 12:41am | ! Report

        No, but you are. I can understand your jealousy though.

    • Roar Rookie

      September 23rd 2017 @ 9:50pm
      Joe said | September 23rd 2017 @ 9:50pm | ! Report

      I can’t believe it. Amazing effort from the Cowboys.

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:27pm
        Griffo said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

        How do you feel about the result, Joe? Did you have a preference about who the Storm should face in the GF?

        • Roar Rookie

          September 24th 2017 @ 7:48am
          Joe said | September 24th 2017 @ 7:48am | ! Report

          Not really, was just happy the Storm made it. Roosters have strike across the park but Cowboys have a more disciplined and 80 minute game. Both teams gave the Storm a hard time during the regular season and I mean a full strength Storm. Storm scraped through against the Roosters at AAMI and won a tough battle against the Cows in NQ where the Cows had injuries from the get go and had a one man bench and Hess playing center. I think the consistent 80 minute performance is what I fear more in finals and that is definitely the Cowboys. I have to agree with Gould, Storm have been the best team in the regular season but Cowboys have been the best team in the finals series.

          • September 24th 2017 @ 7:01pm
            Griffo said | September 24th 2017 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

            Well I’m happy my Cowboys are in the Grand Final and I’m happy we’re playing the Storm because what better challenge than playing against the best team of the season for the premiership. May the better team win!

    • September 23rd 2017 @ 9:54pm
      Adsa said | September 23rd 2017 @ 9:54pm | ! Report

      From a Central Qld Cowdies fan what more can I say but so proud of my team. And to all the Cronulla spuds who cried like babies with a wet nappy after their over entitled team showed to be nothing but sooks, this is what a never say die team is about. Stay bogany Cronulla 30 years to your next one if you are lucky and show character.

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:04pm
        Peter Phelps said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:04pm | ! Report


        Has no one told you. Cronulla are a protected species, you aren’t allowed to criticise them.

        But well done Cowboys.

        2016 was a yawn of a GF but I am really looking forward to this one. Best finals series ever and we ain’t got to the GF yet.

        • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:27pm
          R N said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

          Will be a yawn if it’s a cricket score!

          • September 23rd 2017 @ 11:08pm
            Peter Phelps said | September 23rd 2017 @ 11:08pm | ! Report


            If the Cowboys fight as I expect them too and the Storm put on a master class then it will be anything other than a yawn. Boncos nil Storm 30 sounds like a yawn but was probably the best game all season.

            • Roar Guru

              September 24th 2017 @ 6:23pm
              Renegade said | September 24th 2017 @ 6:23pm | ! Report

              The only way to describe the storm-Broncos game if it was a regular season match would be rubbish…. for a preliminary final well the way Bellamy reacted even after a 30-0 win might give it away, it wouldnt be in the top 25 games this year.

        • September 23rd 2017 @ 11:24pm
          Greg said | September 23rd 2017 @ 11:24pm | ! Report

          2016 and 2015 were two of the best ever grand finals, not too many in history have come down to the last play of the game. You’re just saying it was a yawn because your storm lost.

          • September 24th 2017 @ 12:45am
            Dean said | September 24th 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

            Hey, im a Storm fan and i didnt find it boring at all. Shame about the result but nothing is a given.

        • September 23rd 2017 @ 11:57pm
          JVGO said | September 23rd 2017 @ 11:57pm | ! Report

          Adsa. Why even mention the Sharks? That was weeks ago. Do you think we were robbed or something? Oh no.

        • Roar Guru

          September 24th 2017 @ 8:31am
          Renegade said | September 24th 2017 @ 8:31am | ! Report

          I’ll be shocked if next weeks game is better than the last two GF’s…. Peter must have watched a different GF to the rest of us!!

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:40pm
        Moonz said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:40pm | ! Report

        Remember the 7 tackle try. Revenge and onward from there.

      • September 24th 2017 @ 11:57am
        Not so super said | September 24th 2017 @ 11:57am | ! Report

        You mean like when cowboys used to cry about treatment every year from 12-14?

    • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:26pm
      Midfielder said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:26pm | ! Report

      Well F…. me do the Cows demonstrate team spirit … battered with key players out …

      Great clash of the halves next week…to look forward too.

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:53pm
        Doc79 said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:53pm | ! Report

        Cows must stop the storm backrow. 11-17 are the match winners.

        Please stop with the ‘big dance’ analogy. It’s cheesy.

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