LGIAsuper counts down to the NRL Grand Final
LGIAsuper’s countdown to the 2017 NRL Grand Final continues. On the eve of the Cowboys-Storm clash, we take a look at some of North Queensland’s most famous victories. Yee ha!
Round 13, 2015 – Cowboys v Eels
Dubbed the ‘Comeback Kings’ for their uncanny ability to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, the Cowboys were a force to be reckoned with in 2015. As the Broncos found out later that year, you’re never safe against a team containing Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and LGIAsuper Player Ambassador Michael Morgan.
Parramatta were also forced to find out the hard way when they surrendered a 24 point lead with just 20 minutes remaining in this Round 13 clash.
A Gavin Cooper hattrick and 5 tries in 10 minutes saw North Queensland pull off the near impossible to win 36-30 at Parramatta Stadium.
The only time the Cowboys had staged a bigger comeback to win a match was in 1998 against the Panthers – and that’s next on our list of famous victories.
Round 12, 1998 – Cowboys v Panthers
With the Panthers leading 26-0 at the break, not even the most one-eyed Cowboys fan would have predicted what was about to occur in the second half at Penrith Stadium.
Noa Nadruku turned back the clock with a hattrick of tries, halves Andrew Dunemann and Jason Ferris were on fire and the visitors ran away 36-28 winners!
Semi-final, 2004 – Cowboys v Bulldogs
This was the Cowboys’ first ever finals appearance but there were no signs of nerves as they dismantled the eventual Premiers, 30-22.
The scoreline flattered the second-placed Bulldogs who were heavy favourites against the 7th placed Cowboys.
Nathan Fien, Aaron Payne and Matt Bowen were lethal around the ruck but few shone brighter than fan-favourite Matt Sing. The veteran winger returned from a broken jaw to snare 3 tries – 2 of them spectacular aerial efforts that few Cowboys fans will ever forget.
Elimination Final, 2017 – Cowboys v Sharks
After limping into the 2017 finals, few expected the injury-ravaged Cowboys to advance beyond the first week. But with Jason Taumalolo and Michael Morgan leading the way, North Queensland upset the defending premiers 15-14 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Despite trailing for the majority of the match, Ethan Lowe’s late penalty goal sent the match into extra time before Morgan slotted the vital one pointer to kickstart the Cowboys’ fairytale finals run.
Grand Final, 2015 – Cowboys v Broncos
What’s left to be said about this one? As we mentioned during yesterday’s countdown of the best ever rugby league Grand Finals, this match had everything.
The Cowboys’ first premiership victory. A match that will never be forgotten. Can they do it again against the Melbourne Storm. We think they can! Go Cowboys!
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