Cowboys rally late to deny Broncos

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    A moment of magic from Jonathan Thurston in his last NRL derby set up Coen Hess to give North Queensland victory on Thursday night and put Brisbane’s finals plans in jeopardy.

    The Cowboys were down with three minutes on the clock, before Thurston’s kick sat up awkwardly for Anthony Milford and into the gleeful arms of Hess to give the hosts a 34-30 victory at 1300SMILES Stadium.

    The Cowboys dominated the early stages as tries from Gideon Gela-Mosby and Jason Taumalolo gave them a 12-point lead midway through the first half.

    The next four tries all went to the visitors with James Roberts, Matt Lodge, Korbin Sims and Tevita Pangai Jr all scoring before Kyle Feldt, Gavin Cooper and Hess touched down for the home side.

    Te Maire Martin angled a superb kick for Gela-Mosby to down the ball for a try and, after Darius Boyd lost the ball in a tackle, Taumalolo outran Milford for a second.

    Roberts turned the game by collecting an intercept pass from Martin and racing just under 90 metres to halve the deficit.

    In a mixed night for Thurston, a cross-field kick in his own half led to a knock on from Gela-Mosby and from the next set Matt Lodge scored for the Broncos.

    It was an eight-point try due to Martin’s contact with Lodge’s head as he was grounding the ball.

    A 55m penalty from Feldt on the stroke of halftime gave the Cowboys an 18-16 lead, but Sims surged over from close range and then Pangai Jr burst through from 20m out to seemingly end the game.

    The Cowboys had other ideas, however, and Feldt dived over in the corner and then Matt Scott set up Gavin Cooper to power over the line before yet another late intervention from Thurston.

    Brisbane’s loss means the Wests Tigers can move within two points of them if they beat Canberra on Sunday.

    Coach Wayne Bennett feels his side’s top-four chances are gone after the defeat and bemoaned the errors that played into the Cowboys’ hands.

    “I don’t think we’ll make the top four now,” Bennett said.

    “We made stupid errors and gave away four penalties in a row. We were trying hard but our execution wasn’t great.

    “Johnathan has a history of doing that against us and we played into their hands at the end.”

    In a year littered with close defeats Cowboys coach Paul Green savoured a victory which lifts them two points above bottom side Parramatta.

    “Everyone’s been questioned through the year so it’s good to see the Cowboys spirit is still there,” Green said.

    “We got back over the top of them which is pleasing.”

    Green hailed the performance of forwards Jordan McLean, Scott and in particular Taumalolo – who led all players with 263 metres – in helping turn the game in the second half.

    “Those guys did an enormous job for us,” he said.

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    • August 10th 2018 @ 7:35am
      buttery said | August 10th 2018 @ 7:35am | ! Report

      The Billy Slater rule. Last week Isaako sticks his foot under the ball & Jackson was denied a try by the Bunker but no penalty for deliberately sticking the boot in, last night Martin sticks his boot in to try to stop a try & gets penalised, 8 point try.
      Now it doesn’t matter if you stick your boot in & hurt or don’t hurt someone, the rule is that you can’t stick your boot in so, do the humans in the bunker know the rules they adjudicate on???????.

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        August 10th 2018 @ 8:05am
        Emcie said | August 10th 2018 @ 8:05am | ! Report

        That’s not what happened, he was penalised for making contact with lodges head with his knees

      • August 10th 2018 @ 10:06am
        Concerned Observer said | August 10th 2018 @ 10:06am | ! Report

        Yeah nah definitely worth an 8 point try. TMM wasn’t intending to hit him in the head with that but it still happened and them’s the rules, contact with the head after the try’s been scored is always an 8 point try

      • August 10th 2018 @ 12:32pm
        Rob said | August 10th 2018 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

        I saw Tedesco kick the ball out off Vunivalo hands in the act off placing the ball over the try line early in the season. Almost certain he cleaned up Vunie around the head in the follow through as he dived for the corner. Bunker ruled “No Try” lost ball ? It was the perfect example of a penalty try situation.
        As a Cowboys supporter I think it was a tough call at speed with a bloke diving in. Martin’s attempt was not intentional or diving studs up reckless. I can live with the decision being correct. Happy to accept it as accidental. What supporters can’t accept is inconsistency. If that interpretation is to remain consistent you will be giving a hell of a lot of 8 point tries for players making contact with the head of those players diving into score?

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          August 10th 2018 @ 12:50pm
          The Barry said | August 10th 2018 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

          I thought it was a fair enough call but again consistency is the issue.

          I thought the broncos try to Lodge was lucky.

          I’d be happy for that to be ruled a try because JT13 did make a decision to tackle Sims but for most of the year (and the last few years) that’s been a classic obstruction.

          Sims ran to the outside shoulder and stopped in the line.

          If the Broncos make the semis on for and against those decisions will be crucial… 🤔🤣


    • August 10th 2018 @ 8:39am
      jimmmy said | August 10th 2018 @ 8:39am | ! Report

      I was reallly pleased for JT and the team last night . It’s been a long season and while I have been as critical as anyone about our performances ,the last few weeks have shown a marked increase in intent from everyone. We deserved some success.
      When the big three (Scott, JT13and Macca )were on the field together we were unstoppable . JT 13 must have got close to 300m . It took me back to 2015.
      Alas we don’t have the bench that can hold the fort while these guys rest up and when they were off we were overrun.

      The backs were hot and cold. GGM definitely added pace but his effort worries me. The chase on Jimmy the Jet was substandard. At least Clifford ran all the way to the line chasing.
      Linnet was very good . He lacks finesse and skill but is all heart and he runs a great straight line. Clifford is still an unknown to me . It’s hard with JT there running things but he obviously has talent so I am happy to keep going with him.
      Feldty is a gem . Love the guy. His kick offs , drop outs, great finishing skills are all top notch,
      Martin at FB has poor positional play, Poor defensive reads (he didnt lay a hand on TPJ) and doesn’t back up down the middle. Not a great list for a FB.
      The Broncs will be OK in the finals , there was nothing in that game and there are some good signs for them esp the improvement in Milf.
      Lastly, the QLD derby’s are a highlight of my year . Long may they continue to be played in the current spirit.

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        August 10th 2018 @ 9:11am
        Tim Carter said | August 10th 2018 @ 9:11am | ! Report

        Hypothetically, Roberts could have torn his hamstring 20 metres out and Mosby wouldn’t have been there to stop him crawling to the line. Green can’t let that slide.

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        August 10th 2018 @ 9:33am
        Joe said | August 10th 2018 @ 9:33am | ! Report

        Agree with your assessment of the Cowboys. When the big three were on the Cowboys looked a whole different team and we can only wonder on what might have been had they remained fit throughout the season. There is a big step down to the bench players. I had always wondered why GGM hadn’t been introduced earlier in the season but that effort on Roberts is probably one of the reasons why. Very poor effort compared to Clifford who had less of a chance of catching him but kept at it as you never know what might happen…I’ve seen guys trip over with nothing but the line in front of them or pull a hammy as Tim mentioned above. Also agree on the QLD derby, they have been a joy to watch these past couple of years and a highlight of the season.

      • August 10th 2018 @ 2:08pm
        Rob said | August 10th 2018 @ 2:08pm | ! Report

        Jimmmy I wouldn’t read to much into the GGM chase as the only bloke that thought the Jet didn’t knock it on was the bloke in the bunker. The Broncos and Cowboys all started walking to the spot to pack a scrum? I was on the hill 15m from Aiken when he watched the replay on the big screen and he was looking at his touch judge smiling waiting for a No Try. His faced completely changed when the bunker said Try. He was truly dumbfounded along with everyone bar the Broncos cheerleaders. Did you notice the Broncos support players slow down also?

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          August 10th 2018 @ 3:01pm
          Ray Paks said | August 10th 2018 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

          That’s what did Gela Mosby, he probably knew it was a knock-on and hesitated; still he should’ve been pinning the ears back regardless. But I thought it was a knock on as did most other viewers I saw the game with..

      • August 10th 2018 @ 3:51pm
        DP. Schaefer said | August 10th 2018 @ 3:51pm | ! Report

        LOL I don’t think he wanted to lay a hand on TPJ… 😉

    • August 10th 2018 @ 9:03am
      3 recalcitrant monkeys said | August 10th 2018 @ 9:03am | ! Report

      The reff had his moments but his intent for a clean fast game was on show early Jimmy and both teams played good fast footy the question is why aren’t other games played and reffed as such. the quality of football in the hole comp should be at or near last night in terms of speed of the play the ball which really opened up the defences .this is what the he nrl product should look like not some sluggish pile on at the play the ball.

    • Roar Guru

      August 10th 2018 @ 9:22am
      Nat said | August 10th 2018 @ 9:22am | ! Report

      The Broncos have some work to do if they want to be any threat this year. 6/13 completion in the 1st half is unacceptable and won’t keep them in most games in the coming weeks. Couldn’t give a toss about the refs, calls went both ways but the Broncos had the chance to close things out. I think Boyd is better in the centers for his defence as Isaako let no one down at FB in the last few weeks. On the upside, they showed they can score from anywhere and be entertaining but it’s not finals standard.

      Bloody Cowboys! Irrespective of their table position, they were always going to get up for this. JT13 – unbelievable. Their whole pack have finally woken up, unfortunately at the wrong end of the season. Hess was back running good lines. Granville had a couple of good and important shots to gain advantage. Young Clifford unsure how to play with JT but at his age and situation, that can be forgiven. Martin played quite well too (still believe Hampton is their best FB option as he’s giving nothing from hooker). JT is the conductor, good for him, club and city to get this one over the Broncos and I’m glad this is the last time I have to acknowledge that.

      It was a good game, not quite the standard we’ve seen in recent years but entertaining for sure.

      • Roar Guru

        August 10th 2018 @ 11:27am
        Emcie said | August 10th 2018 @ 11:27am | ! Report

        The problem with shifting Boyd to fix the right center issue is that you just end up shuffling the problem to the left side as we found out last week. I don’t completely blame Kahu, he’s spent a fair bit of time on the sideline and has been forced to fill in a couple different positions but it’s clearly an issue. That said, young Shibasaki didn’t let anyone down so hopefully that might plug the hole for long enough to get some consistancy with our line ups

        • August 10th 2018 @ 2:50pm
          jimmmy said | August 10th 2018 @ 2:50pm | ! Report

          What about Stagg Emcie. I haven’t seen all the Broncs games but he impresses me no end. Is there something I have missed with this guy.

          • Roar Guru

            August 10th 2018 @ 3:29pm
            Emcie said | August 10th 2018 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

            I think he’s out for the season injured after the titans game

            • Roar Guru

              August 10th 2018 @ 3:39pm
              Emcie said | August 10th 2018 @ 3:39pm | ! Report

              Wait, who am I thinking of….. Staggs can only be named on the bench because of some 2nd tier cap thing

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      August 10th 2018 @ 10:16am
      Ray Paks said | August 10th 2018 @ 10:16am | ! Report

      I noticed a circumstance identical to what happened between the Dragons and the Storm early this year where a try was scored but it got called back because a penalty had been awarded for infringement in the ruck. The Broncos really need to start closing off games when they get a head and improve their starts they let opposition get ahead too often..

    • August 10th 2018 @ 11:54am
      johnno2 said | August 10th 2018 @ 11:54am | ! Report

      Jake Clifford and M Morgan will be a lethal combination next year . J Clifford has a special league ability, understands the game and reads the play extremely well, although he is a little hard on himself . Ihope he stays with the

      • August 10th 2018 @ 12:23pm
        3 recalcitrant monkeys said | August 10th 2018 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

        Agreed jonno they are both big halves both have very good kicking and passing games both have incredibly dangerous running games give them a few games to click and it’s an exiting prospect for next year, throw TTM in the mix and it should a real threat.

      • August 11th 2018 @ 11:27am
        Rob said | August 11th 2018 @ 11:27am | ! Report

        Clifford is very good and will get bigger and stronger over the next 3years. He comes from a pedigree blood line in his Grandfather being in North Queensland’s team (front row)of the century. I’d be more than happy if the Cowboys side to a minimum 5-7 year contract from next season as he is going to be a fixture and future leader at 25.

        • August 11th 2018 @ 11:45am
          3 recalcitrant monkeys said | August 11th 2018 @ 11:45am | ! Report

          Yeh Rob they will definitely need to build up a war chest to keep him once he starts showing his wares .he’s like a big Alan Langer with a long kicking game.

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