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    Cowboys vs Dragons

    NRL, 21 July, 2018

    1300SMILES Stadium
    Fulltime - Cowboys 10, Dragons 24
    Cowboys   Dragons
    10 FINAL SCORE 24
    1 TRIES 4
    Referee: Adam Gee
    Touch judges: Alan Shortall & Rohan Best
    Video Referee: Ashley Klein

    Will the St George Illawarra Dragons bounce back after successive defeats or can the North Queensland Cowboys restore some much-needed pride? Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match at 7:35pm (AEST).

    Some have recently suggested that the entire Cowboys team is in need of a rest and last week’s 38-12 loss to the Raiders only strengthened that claim.

    After making it all the way to the grand final last year, North Queensland entered 2018 burdened by high expectations that they haven’t come close to fulfilling.

    Wins have been hard to come by, with Paul Green’s men claiming just the one victory from their past eight games. As such, the threat of the wooden spoon is hanging, yet it doesn’t look to be motivating them.

    Coach Green has still refused to make any drastic changes to the side, although Justin O’Neill replaces Antonio Winterstein on the wing, while Coen Hess starts for Shane Wright.

    The Dragons have an unfortunate reputation for choking, and they have done themselves no favours in the past fortnight.

    Back-to-back losses to the Storm and Tigers have only given their sceptics even more of a reason to argue that Paul McGregor’s men are simply making up the numbers in 2018.

    After looking a possibility for the minor premiership, a loss on Saturday night could see Saints drop out of the top four for the first time this year.

    The club desperately needs a win given that McGregor no longer has the opportunity to rest his State of Origin stars.

    The Dragons may be on the decline but they have the perfect opportunity to regain confidence.

    Dragons by 24.

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    • 10:15am
      CTSTORM said | 10:15am | ! Report

      Taumalolo should take a stint at Intrust cup. He is paid million not just to make meters but score set and tires.

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 9:51pm | ! Report

      Match Report:

      The St George Illawarra Dragons have temporarily moved into top position on the ladder with a comfortable 24-10 win over the North Queensland Cowboys at 1300Smiles Stadium.

      While the Dragons will drop to second if the Melbourne Storm claim their seventh-straight win tomorrow afternoon, the 14-point victory sees them overtake the Rabbitohs, who went down to the Tigers 22-6 in the game prior.

      After a strong start to 2018, the Dragons’ minor premiership hopes were quickly fading after back-to-back losses to the Storm and Tigers.

      However, it was clear from the start that they were determined to use their meeting with the lowly Cowboys as a springboard to return to form.

      A slick backline play in the fourth minute saw Matt Dufty burst through the middle and link with Jason Nightingale who crossed over out wide.

      The 15th placed Cowboys, who were already low on confidence, gained a much-needed penalty in the 10th minute and had a chance to strike straight back.

      In a clear sign of the lack of belief at the club, they instead opted for a penalty goal.

      A sequence of penalties conceded by the Dragons saw Jonathan Thurston again shoot for the two points. But this time he hit the posts.

      Fortunately for the home side, they regained possession and drew another penalty with Jack de Belin sent for a ten-minute break.

      Thurston quickly made amends and added another two points to see the Cowboys trail 6-4 after 19 minutes.

      Only three minutes later North Queensland finally capitalised on their dominant field position when Gavin Cooper dived over out of dummy-half.

      Once de Belin returned, it only took the Red V three minutes to bounce back. This time it was Dufty himself who posted the try, accelerating through a hole off a nice short ball from Gareth Widdop to score.

      The Dragons landed a massive blow in the 38th minute when Tariq Sims barged over close to the line, extending the away side’s lead to eight at the break.

      Rookie Jordan Pereira enjoyed a strong debut in the place of the injured Nene Macdonald and the winger soared over in the 49th minute after a brilliant cross-field kick from Gareth Widdop.

      From here, the game descended into a flurry of errors with neither side able to post any more points.

      As a result, the Dragons held on for a confidence-boosting 24-10 win. They will still need to be far better next week as they prepare to take on the Roosters.

      Meanwhile, the Cowboys have a realistic chance to finally post a rare win when they face the albeit rejuvenated Knights.

    • 9:40pm
      3 recalcitrant monkeys said | 9:40pm | ! Report

      22 missed tackles in the back line for the cowboys Jt with 8 . They played some football though so it was good to see them running the ball . Dragons looked the goods tonight .

    • 9:33pm
      Rob said | 9:33pm | ! Report

      If Taumalolo had a licence to off load maybe the Cowboys could create some 2nd phase opportunities and score some points. JT hasn’t got the speed, strength or footwork to challenge the defence anymore. It’s very predictable. The Cowboys can’t score more than 16 points and they certainly can’t defend less than 20.

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 9:29pm | ! Report

      Pretty sad watching this Cowboys team. Had such high hopes for them at the beginning of the season and they have the talent. Best forward in the game and one of the best players to ever play the game. Lots of effort but they just can’t put anything together in attack and mistake after mistake. Never thought I’d say it but JT has played one season too long. His defensive efforts tonight was pretty ordinary. Not laying the blame at his feet though as it was pretty much mistakes all across the park. Good win by the Dragons after their poor performance last week against the Tigs. To go up to North Qld is never easy but they’ve played very good footy tonight and defended a whole lot better than last week.

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 9:27pm | ! Report

      Dragons fans – you are temporarily back on top of the ladder. Not many highlights in the second half but the Red V hold on for a 24-10 win. What did you make of that Roarers?

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      80′ – Scott Bolton with a mistake in the play-the-ball and that will do it here at Townsville!

      COWBOYS – 10
      DRAGONS – 24

    • Roar Guru

      Andrew Jackson said | 9:25pm | ! Report

      79′ – Jack de Belin drops the ball bringing it up. Cowboys pack the scrum and have 40 seconds to score 30 out from the Dragons’ line.

      COWBOYS – 10
      DRAGONS – 24

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