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    Cowboys vs Broncos

    NRL, 9 August, 2018

    1300SMILES Stadium
    Fulltime - Cowboys 34, Broncos 30
    Cowboys   Broncos
    34 FINAL SCORE 30
    5 TRIES 4
    Referee: Grant Atkins
    Touch judges: Michael Wise & Phil Henderson
    Video Referee: Ashley Klein

    The Brisbane Broncos head to the Townsville, with the North Queensland Cowboys looking to upset their archrivals. Join The Roar from 7:50pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage of the match.

    Johnathan Thurston’s form has improved considerably over the last fortnight, as North Queensland came from behind to defeat Newcastle and were within six points of the third-placed Sydney Roosters.

    The spotlight will be on Thurston to deliver the Cowboys another miracle in his last-ever Queensland derby, although the key is matching the Broncos through the middle and creating enterprising play to fatigue their big park.

    If Jake Granville can work effectively from the ruck, the Cowboys can turn the Broncos inside out and create a massive upset.

    Despite having secured a spot inside the top eight, Brisbane are in a precarious position following a loss to the Bulldogs last week.

    Wayne Bennett’s men have been inconsistent in recent weeks, conceding a heavy loss to the Warriors before posting 50 points on the Panthers and grinding out a win against the Sharks.

    Bennett has shaken up his backline, with Darius Boyd returning to fullback, moving Jamayne Isaako to the wing and prompting Gehamat Shibasaki to debut at centre in place of Jordan Kahu. Tevita Pangai Jr has been dropped to the reserves while Josh McGuire is suspended.

    The Broncos and Cowboys’ last meeting saw Brisbane win 24-20 in Round 2 this year. These teams have taken part in some classic battles in recent years, six of the last eight meetings being decided by four points or less, including the 2015 NRL grand final, when Thurston slotted the premiership-winning field goal in extra time.

    The Broncos have won just once in their last five visits to Townsville, their solitary win coming last year.

    Johnathan Thurston will help his side to an upset win, with a field goal.

    Cowboys by 1.

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    • 6:57am
      AJ said | 6:57am | ! Report

      Gee the broncs got some great decisions go their way and still couldn’t win they’re struggling big time

    • 10:16pm
      Muzz said | 10:16pm | ! Report

      Entertaining game.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      In other news Gus Gould is on the Footy Show and man he is an arrogant so and so.

      • Roar Guru

        Rellum said | 10:21pm | ! Report

        They are doing a right royal hatched job on Hook. Gus had a go at him when he sacked him, Hook stood up for himself and then Gould has the hide to bag him out for doing that. It is one giant long Gus platform.

      • Roar Guru

        Emcie said | 10:31pm | ! Report

        Meanwhile on Fox, Kent is going all out to defend Hook and the story doesn’t seem to be holding up as well anymore with Hooper bringing in a bit of a middleground perspective

    • 10:13pm
      KenoathCarnt said | 10:13pm | ! Report

      NRL season is decided… Roosters Storm or Rabbits have got this in the bag. Panthers are an outside chance if they can regather that earlier from they had they were unbeatable. Every other team is just making up the numbers.

      • 10:46pm
        Simba said | 10:46pm | ! Report

        Righto legend. You say the comp is set then list 50% of the top 8 as potential winners. Go to bed little man.

    • Roar Guru

      The Barry said | 10:00pm | ! Report

      Came down to the wire but I’m not sure that’s as high a quality game as some of the other classics over the last few years.

      It was a tough way to go down for the Broncs. They have some work to do over the next few weeks. They have periods in games when everything clicks and their forwards are powerful, Milford and Nikorima look like taking the game by the scruff of the neck but ten minutes later they’re a rabble again.

      Would you rather have the Broncs draw of Souths, Roosters and Manly or the Dragons draw of Parra, Tigers, Dogs and Knights to find semi final form…?

      • Roar Guru

        Adam said | 10:02pm | ! Report

        I think the Broncos draw is the preferred choice. If that can’t make you lift you were a pretender anyway. Where the Dragons run can hide their inadequacies

        • 10:13pm
          Griffo said | 10:13pm | ! Report

          They might lift but if they can’t find a win from the next two it might be curtains for them.

          • Roar Rookie

            Matthew Pearce said | 10:23pm | ! Report

            Then so be it. Like he said, if we can’t do anything the next couple of matches, we’re not doing anything come finals time anyway.

            Least this way we’ll actually know what we need to do.

      • Roar Guru

        Scott Pryde said | 10:03pm | ! Report

        I’m still firmly in the Dragons draw camp. Might allow us to find some confidence.

        I can’t see the Broncos winning before the finals. Maybe against Manly, but that’s it.

        • Roar Guru

          Emcie said | 10:07pm | ! Report

          Brisbane have beaten both souths and roosters this year already

          • Roar Guru

            Scott Pryde said | 10:08pm | ! Report

            Not at their best though…

            • Roar Guru

              Emcie said | 10:22pm | ! Report

              Bronc’s weren’t at their best either. At any rate Broncos always lift for both those sides and you get more out of good footy then average footy

      • Roar Guru

        Emcie said | 10:05pm | ! Report

        I’d rather the Broncs draw to be honest. You’d rather have a decent crack at quality opposition when you know what to expect and can really have a chance at testing their games then facing an ambush every week. At least if you lose against other finalists you can still get something out of it in video sessions, not much to get out of losing to a bottom 8 side

        • Roar Guru

          Scott Pryde said | 10:07pm | ! Report

          I get what you’re saying Emcie, but I tell you what – playing the Knights on Old Boys day won’t be straightforward and the Bulldogs always get up to play the Dragons. The Tigers aren’t awful and Parra have been marginally better…

          Think there will be enough there to work out where we are at.

          • Roar Rookie

            Matthew Pearce said | 10:11pm | ! Report

            But the Dragons won’t play any more premiership contenders before the finals.

            I’d prefer to test ourselves against the teams we’ll actually be playing in the finals.

            • Roar Guru

              Andrew Jackson said | 10:25pm | ! Report

              I like Penrith’s draw – Titans and Knights to hopefully restore confidence and fire in attack and then good tests against the Warriors in NZ and Storm in Melbourne to finish.

    • Roar Guru

      Riley Pettigrew said | 10:00pm | ! Report

      That concludes The Roar’s coverage of North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos.

      The North Queensland Cowboys have come up with a late four-point victory over arch enemies the Brisbane Broncos in an entertaining Queensland derby.

      I’ll be back tomorrow night from 7:55pm (AEST) for live coverage of South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Sydney Roosters.

      Thanks for following along.

    • Roar Guru

      PNG Broncos fan88 said | 9:56pm | ! Report

      C’mon Tigers, your giant killing start to the season warrants your place in the 8.
      My team are great pretenders, find a new way to mess up my weekend by playing the potential wooden spooners into form.

    • Roar Guru

      Adam said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Wouldnt have minded the Broncos winger to have given it a crack that last play

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