Cowboys fall short in Queensland derby

Round 26 Cowboys fall short in Queensland derby

The Cowboys have advanced to the 2017 NRL finals but they were forced to rely on other results going their way after a 20-10 loss to the Brisbane Broncos last Thursday night at 1300SMILES Stadium.

After a humbling defeat to the Eels last weekend, Brisbane came out with plenty of intent.

Josh McGuire led the way for the visitors and came close to scoring, only to be held up in-goal thanks to some desperate Cowboys defence.

It took some individual brilliance from Anthony Milford to break the deadlock in the 13th minute. The Broncos five-eighth kicked for himself before finding centre James Roberts with a superb offload. Not to be outdone, Roberts then flick-passed for second-rower Matt Gillett who crossed in the corner.

Brisbane targeted the Cowboys’ left edge defence again in the 19th minute, with Kodi Nikorima slicing through and kicking expertly back on the inside for Roberts to score.

Their third try also came from a kick with Jordan Kahu leaping above his opposite Antonio Winterstein to touch down in the corner.

The home crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief when LGIAsuper Player Ambassador Michael Morgan combined with Gavin Cooper to put the Cowboys on the board in the 32nd minute. Ethan Lowe’s conversion cut the deficit to 8 points and the halftime score remained at 14-6 in favour of the Broncos.

North Queensland started the second half strongly with utility Ben Hampton and powerhouse lock forward Jason Taumalolo giving the Brisbane defence plenty of headaches. The Cowboys continued to threaten the Brisbane try-line but were unable to convert field position into points. Their opponents made them pay in the 61st minute with a try to Adam Blair off a Ben Hunt pass.

The result may have been out of reach for the Cowboys but they kept trying until the final whistle and were rewarded with a four pointer to winger Kyle Feldt in the 80th minute.

While Feldt’s effort saw North Queensland draw level with Manly on points differential, the Sea Eagles responded two days later with a convincing 28-12 victory over Penrith at Lottoland. It took a Bulldogs win over the Dragons on Sunday to secure North Queensland's position in the top 8.

The Cowboys now head to Sydney for an elimination final against last year's Premiers, the Cronulla Sharks. Stay tuned to LGIAsuper's Facebook page for more details on the big game. Let's go Cowboys!

While the atmosphere on-field was tense, the mood at the LGIAsuper Community Hub was anything but with returning Howdy Club members taking home their choice of a giant novelty hand, super cape or thunder sticks.

We were also proud to host the team from Childhood Cancer Support.

This organisation does a fantastic job in helping children who are undergoing cancer treatment, as well as their families. Thanks to everyone who dropped in to say hi and learn more about Childhood Cancer Support.

Last Thursday night marked the Cowboys’ final regular season match of 2017. The LGIAsuper Community Hub is grateful for all the support we have received this season. Thanks to the North Queensland Cowboys, our friends at Amusements Plus, all the community organisations we have partnered with in 2017, and the loyal fans who turn up each week at 1300SMILES Stadium! We hope to see you all again soon.

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