Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL Finals live scores, blog

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    Roosters vs Cowboys

    NRL, 23 September, 2017

    Allianz Stadium
    Fulltime - Roosters 16, Cowboys 29
    Roosters   Cowboys
    16 FINAL SCORE 29
    3 TRIES 4
    Referee: Gerard Sutton
    Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Chris Sutton
    Video Referee: Bernard Sutton

    Match result:

    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.

    » Click here to read the full match report

    Final score
    Sydney Roosters 16
    North Queensland Cowboys 29

    Match preview:

    The Sydney Roosters might be favourites to advance to the grand final, but the North Queensland Cowboys have already forced two September upsets. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:40pm (AEST).

    Supposed to be making up the numbers, the Cowboys have been the story of the NRL finals.

    The Townsville-based club first went past the Cronulla Sharks in an extra-time thriller, defending their heart out for 90 mintues to make the reigning premiers eat the dust, before they ran away from the Parramatta Eels with a genuinely brilliant second-half performance in last week’s semi-final.

    Bolstering North Queensland spirits, co-captain and representative prop Matt Scott has been named on the reserves and is an outside chance to make his return. It would be a huge boost to have a big-game player of Scott’s calibre back on the park.

    Michael Morgan and Jason Taumalolo have led the charge though. Morgan’s options, vision and short-range kicking game have been phenomenal. Taumalolo meanwhile, is doing his usual metre-eating, running for 250 in both matches.

    If the Roosters are going to live up to their favouritism and get through to the big dance, they need to stop Taumalolo. He averaged over 200 metres during the regular season though, and for most clubs, it’s proven nearly impossible.

    They will have had a week to think about it. Trent Robinson’s men put on an uninspiring performance in the first week to go past the Brisbane Broncos in a qualifying final.

    While the Roosters dropped a lot of ball, made bad defensive reads and poor decisions in attack, they did just enough to scrape over the line and avoid having to play last week or a trip to Melbourne this week.

    Instead, they get home-ground advantage and a huge opportunity against a club who have been battling.

    While the Roosters’ forwards must stop Taumalolo, the whole side must play 80 minutes. They have drifted in and out of games like a yo-yo at times in the last two months, and the Cowboys at this time of the year will make the tri-colours pay dearly if they were to drop off.

    I wrote off the Cowboys against the Sharks, got on the bandwagon last week and won’t be dropping off now. There’s just too much doubt in what the Roosters are going to serve up. You know exactly what to expect from the Cowboys, and in this case, it should be enough.

    Cowboys by 2.

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

      The Cowboy’s Bandwagon just went past my house with twenty-five thousand new supporters on board.

    • 11:34pm
      waldoh said | 11:34pm | ! Report

      What a great team. They’ll need to be to beat the storm.

    • 11:20pm
      Darren John said | 11:20pm | ! Report

      Cowboys made a promise to the greatest player YES JT just like QLD did in origin 3 this year said let’s win for our mate our friend brother the greatest because he would do it for each & every one of he’s team mate’s well put it this way if the greatest player made a promise to a friend brother a team mate in he’s position YES nothing but win &win & ball in he’s hand with 10 seconds to go he will win for he’s team mate’s & brothers he’s state YES I’m talking about the greatest player Johnathan Thurston black magic don’t for get about the White Superman just quietly Clive Churchill medal he will win & score a grand final try that will go down as folklore & Kangaroos 7 do what u do Michael Morgan u deserve all what a player &Daly M 4 out of 4 yer one origin 2 DMedal 3 CCMedal 4 half back world cup NQ 2017 premier’s

    • 9:44pm
      R N said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      Well done cows!

      So happy for Bolton, great try and O’Neill made up for his error with some great defense!

      Morgan well what more can you say…!

      Penrith thanks for Martin…

      Next the purple wall!

      • 9:58pm
        Dfenda said | 9:58pm | ! Report

        All great points and I agree. To me, Kanes try was the best! That MM pass was as slick as it was special! Go the Cowboys!

    • 9:44pm
      Tom G said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      So much to like about this Cowboy team.. the fact that they have gone so far without Thurston finally buries the myth that they’re a one player team. Morgan is the best player I have seen in years.. so creative and unbelievably calm under crisis. I hope they go all the way this year. As for the Roosters I’m not sure what Trent Robinson was thinking with having Tupou on the bench nor Matterson in the centres but I think he may regret his decision. As for Ferguson he’s a life support system for a brain explosion… they should move him on before he infects Lattrell Mitchell

      • 9:50pm
        Benji said | 9:50pm | ! Report

        If its fair dinkum the Cowboys wont get close as Roy Masters said the refs are in the best form ever chroreographing close games for TV and GS kept it a one score game for 76 mins – well done!

        • Roar Guru

          The Barry said | 9:52pm | ! Report

          Why do you bother watching then?

        • 9:59pm
          Josh said | 9:59pm | ! Report

          Roy Masters? The same bloke who said NRL wanted the Eels to win the premiership two weeks ago? I think there’s a bit of safety in discrediting what he spews. Especially any nonsense of the comp being rigged.

          • 3:47pm
            Monsanto said | 3:47pm | ! Report

            Roy Masters and others have said the refs want a close game – thats not rigging the game. One score games are a staple to keep people away from the remote and Greenberg boasted in the first week of the finals 4 close games. NRL execs in the past have said NRL provides close games in comparison to AFL. If you are an aspiring ref you need to read the tea leaves.

      • 10:16pm
        R N said | 10:16pm | ! Report

        2 kicks out on the full!

        Blood test is +ve!

    • 9:43pm
      Jimmmy said | 9:43pm | ! Report

      Bloody Cowboys cost me a fortune . Now I have to go to Sydney next week. See you there Cows fans.

      • Roar Guru

        Renegade said | 9:56pm | ! Report

        Haha enjoy it Jimmmy… this is a truly special effort and probably more enjoyable than the 2015 ride was too!

      • 10:15pm
        Oingo Boingo said | 10:15pm | ! Report

        The Roosters just weren’t good enough, the Cows came in a swarm.
        This Roosters hopes a week from now they beat the f#%king Storm.
        Good luck Jim Jim Jimmeeeeyyyy

    • 9:40pm
      Zedman said | 9:40pm | ! Report

      Great game, congrats to the Cowboys.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 9:39pm | ! Report

      » Click here to read the full match report

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar’s live coverage of the 2017 NRL Finals Series as the North Queensland Cowboys qualified for the NRL grand final with a superb victory over the Sydney Roosters.

      Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage.

      The NRL grand final will be played between the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys next Sunday at 7:15pm (AEST). Before then though, we have a stack of rugby league on The Roar. Tomorrow, it’s the Queensland Cup final with John Coomer between the Papua New Guinea Hunters and Sunshine Coast Falcons at 3:25pm (AEST) and the New South Wales Cup final with myself at 6:45pm (AEST) between the Penrith Panthers and Wyong Roos.

      I’ll have the Dally M Medal on Wednesday night at 8:30pm (AEST), then The Roar will carry live coverage of all three games on grand final day, with the Holden Cup and State Challenge leading into the big game.

      Bye for now.

      • Roar Guru

        Renegade said | 10:02pm | ! Report

        Good call Scott, just the big one to go now mate… enjoy!

        • Roar Guru

          Scott Pryde said | 10:09pm | ! Report

          And the NSW Cup final, and the Dally M’s, and all three games next Sunday… But yeah.

          Cheers mate!

      • 10:17pm
        Adsa said | 10:17pm | ! Report

        Thanks Scott

    • 9:38pm
      Pedro the maroon said | 9:38pm | ! Report

      I think we all agree roosters were a rubbish #2. Struggled all season against everyone and pulled a lot of wins out of their backsides. Tonight was a bridge too far.

      • 9:46pm
        Tom G said | 9:46pm | ! Report

        Agreed. Never really impressed all year to be honest and yet the pundits kept talking them up.

        • Roar Guru

          Adam said | 9:51pm | ! Report

          The #2 & #3 teams this year were myths.

        • Roar Guru

          Renegade said | 9:53pm | ! Report

          Agree as well, I never rated the Roosters as genuine contenders at any stage this year.
          To be fair though, it’s been a pretty low quality Comp this season apart from the storm….and the cowboys running through the 8 with their two best players out is evidence of that.

      • 10:06pm
        Azzabru said | 10:06pm | ! Report

        Roosters beat themselves, they gift too much to opponents, watch them next year, young team , will learn from this, anyhow, lambs to the slaughter now the cowboys!

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 9:37pm | ! Report

      Amazing team…just simply incredible performance from the Cowboys!! How good were they! They just never give up. Oneil made a costly error but then tackles lke a demon and forces the turnover that led to Feldts try. That is what effort and heart is all about. They never put their heads down but just got on with it. Just truly incredible.

      • Roar Pro

        JD St George said | 9:42pm | ! Report

        Do you reckon they’ve got a chance in the grand final against you guys Joe

        • Roar Rookie

          Joe said | 9:59pm | ! Report

          On their finals performances they are more than a chance. They are an 80 minute team which is why they are in the GF instead of the Roosters. Also there just seems to be that team dynamic and camaraderie that is essential in the big games. Just the positivity that you see in the playing group as they sit in the sheds. Its going to be an awesome GF.

          • Roar Rookie

            Bunney said | 10:45pm | ! Report

            And no pressure. The public wrote them off during Origin when JT followed Scott into season-over injury shed. There is literally no pressure, and they’re enjoying the ride.

            No pressure = composure.

            If they maintain the rage, it’ll be close.

      • Roar Guru

        Adam said | 9:43pm | ! Report

        Those two hits he put on immediately after the error show the mentality of the team

    • 9:35pm
      Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 9:35pm | ! Report

      There won’t be any expectation on the Cowboys next week. Everyone expects the Storm to win. But the composure the Cowboys are showing is amazing. How cool is Michael Morgan? Have to agree with coach Robinson that Morgan is probably the best player in the comp at the moment and Taumololo isn’t far behind

      • Roar Guru

        Adam said | 9:38pm | ! Report

        I think the storm are vulnerable if they bring the quality from the last two game to next week. That first half last night was pretty poor, only forgotten because of the final 15 mins of the game

        • 9:43pm
          Alex L said | 9:43pm | ! Report

          I doubt very much that the Storm themselves will have forgotten that first half though, expect them to be better.

          • Roar Guru

            Adam said | 9:55pm | ! Report

            I expected them to be a lot better last night because of the eels game. But I think they have genuine issues developing.

        • 9:48pm
          Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | 9:48pm | ! Report

          True Adam. The Storm made a number of uncharacteristic errors last night including a couple by Billy Slater who is usually as safe as a bank at the back. The Broncos just weren’t good enough to make them pay – making a couple of errors themselves near the tryline. I think the 30-0 scoreline flattered the Storm a bit. And the Storm weren’t that convincing the week before against the Eels. I give the Cowboys a big chance in the GF if they can stay close to the Storm in the first half and keep the same sort of composure they’ve shown in the past 3 weeks.

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