Full Time
80:00
8:05pm Fri March 9, 2018
Round 1 - 1300SMILES Stadium - Crowd: 15900
80min

It is Fulltime and the Cowboys win a scrappy affair over the Sharks scoring 4 tries to 2, to get off the mark in 2018 winning 20-14. Stay tuned for the Match Report and 3,2,1's @LeagueUnlimited.

78min

Sharks go the short kickoff but Sosaia Feki knocks on. Cowboys scrum just short of halfway.

78min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston misses again! 2 from 5 and Sharks have a chance.

Sharks lead Cowboys 20 - 14 Sharks
77min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Gavin Cooper. Kick to come.

Gavin Cooper charges onto a Johnathan Thurston grubber to clinch the win! Cowboys lead 20-14.

Sharks lead Cowboys 20 - 14 Sharks
77min

Matt Moylan now loses it trying to put Wade Graham away. Cowboys scrum 30m out from their own line.

76min

Johnathan Thurston kicks the ball out on the full. Sharks ball just short of halfway.

75min

Jayson Bukuya now loses the ball 5m out from the tryline. Great tackle from Johnathan Thurston and Gavin Cooper. Cowboys ball.

73min

Ben Hampton loses the ball on the first tackle. Sharks scrum on halfway.

72min

Te Maire Martin grubbers close to the line on the last, but Valentine Holmes dives on it 2m from the Sharks line. They hang on again Cronulla!

70min

Kyle Feldt now manages to kick the ball into touch on the bounce to get a Cowboys scrum 10m out! Incredible result! Cowboys on the attack!

69min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Chad Townsend nails the conversion and it is now Cowboys 16-14. Great finish coming up!

Sharks lead Cowboys 16 - 14 Sharks
68min

Try: Sharks
Scored by James Segeyaro. Kick to come.

Ricky Leutele picks off an intercept and races away, Kyle Feldt runs him down but Leutele finds James Segeyaro in support who out sprints Gavin Cooper to score in the corner!

Sharks lead Cowboys 16 - 12 Sharks
66min

Penalty Cowboys - Against Wade Graham for a high tackle. Cowboys find the line 10m short of halfway.

65min

Chad Townsend breaks through and kicks wide for support near the tryline but Ben Hampton is there to save the day!

63min

Jason Taumalolo loses the ball in the tackle. Sharks scrum 40m from their own line.

62min

Penalty Cowboys - Matt Prior fails to get back onside and Johnathan Thurston just throws the ball into him..it works and Cowboys find the line 30m from their own line.

60min

Huge error from Javid Bowen who drops the ball cold 20m from their own line. Sharks scrum and a chance to get back in the match.

59min

Johnathan Thurston kicks the ball out dead on the full on the last. Sharks 7 tackle re-start.

58min

Wade Graham spills the pill. Cowboys ball 15m out.

57min

Johnathan Thurston grubbers in goal on the last and Sosaia Feki does an amazing job to get back into the field of play. Sharks ball 2m from their own line.

55min

Paul Gallen makes a rare error trying to offload in the tackle. Cowboys scrum 35m out.

54min

Injury Update - Sione Katoa cleared of a broken jaw. Mouth laceration but unlikely to be back.

53min

Sosaia Feki gets a rushed pass and puts the ball down. Scrum on halfway for the Cowboys.

52min

Valentine Holmes again puts down another Johnathan Thurston bomb but thankfully it goes backwards. Sharks have the ball 15m from their own line.

51min

Penalty Cowboys - Sione Katoa ruled to have collected Antonio Winterstein in the air. He also may have injured his jaw the debutant.

49min

Penalty Sharks - John Asiata doesn't put his foot on the ball in the play the ball. Sharks off the hook.

47min

Penalty Cowboys - Against Andrew Fifita for stripping the ball from Ethan Lowe with 2 men in the tackle. Cowboys on the attack 20m out.

46min

Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston makes no mistake and the Cowboys lead 16-8.

Sharks lead Cowboys 16 - 8 Sharks
45min

Another Penalty Cowboys - Kurt Capewell not back the 10m. Thurston points to the posts.

43min

Penalty Cowboys - Against Kurt Capewell for laying all over Ben Hampton on the first tackle. Cowboys find the line 30m out.

42min

Matt Moylan grubbers early in the tackle count and the ball goes dead. 7 tackle re-start to North Queensland.

40min

Penalty Sharks - Against Justin O'Neill for pushing Matt Moylan in the back as he was willing a Johnathan Thurston kick over the deadball line. Sharks find the line just short of halfway.

40min

We are back underway in Townsville!

40min

It is Halftime and the Cowboys hold off the Sharks to lead 14-8 at the break. North Queensland have been pretty dominant but a few missed conversions from Johnathan Thurston keeps the Sharks well in the match. Stay tuned for all the second half action coming up @LeagueUnlimited.

38min

Coen Hess loses the ball and Sharks will get a chance before halftime.

36min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston misses again and the Cowboys lead 14-8.

Sharks lead Cowboys 14 - 8 Sharks
35min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Kyle Feldt. Kick to come.

VIDEO REF - TRY - Kyle Feldt gets the ball out wide and steps back inside past 4 Sharks defenders to score. Cowboys lead 14-8 kick to come.

Sharks lead Cowboys 14 - 8 Sharks
34min

Matt Moylan hoists it high on the last but Ben Hampton allows it to bounces dead in goal. 20m re-start for the Cowboys.

32min

Conversion: Sharks
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Chad Townsend adds the extras. Cowboys lead 10-8.

Sharks lead Cowboys 10 - 8 Sharks
32min

Try: Sharks
Scored by Josh Dugan. Kick to come.

Chad Townsend grubbers close to the line and the ball bounces perfectly for Josh Dugan to score his first try for the Sharks! Cowboys lead 10-6 kick to come from in front.

Sharks lead Cowboys 10 - 6 Sharks
31min

Penalty Sharks - Against Jason Taumalolo for not releasing. Sharks have the ball on halfway.

30min

Te Maire Martin bombs towards Sosaia Feki but he is up to the task and the Sharks have it 20m from their own line.

29min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston makes no mistake and the Cowboys lead 10-2.

Sharks lead Cowboys 10 - 2 Sharks
27min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Coen Hess. Kick to come.

Coen Hess crashes over off a smart inside ball from Jake Granville close to the line. Cowboys over again and now lead 8-2 kick to come.

Sharks lead Cowboys 8 - 2 Sharks
26min

Valentine Holmes now puts the kickoff out on the full! Cowboys find the line 35m from the Sharks line.

25min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston pushes the conversion across the face of goal and the score remains Cowboys 4-2.

Sharks lead Cowboys 4 - 2 Sharks
25min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Justin O'Neill. Kick to come.

Johnathan Thurston puts Justin O'Neill over off a smart set play and the Cowboys lead 4-2 kick to come.

Sharks lead Cowboys 4 - 2 Sharks
23min

VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Jason Taumalolo charges towards the line but is held up by Jayson Bukuya and Matt Moylan. Superb defence!

22min

Penalty Cowboys - Against Jayden Brailey for holding Johnathan Thurston down in the tackle. Cowboys take the tap!

19min

Valentine Holmes spills an uncontested Johnathan Thurston bomb and Cowboys have the scrum 12m out!

18min

Sione Katoa pounces on a loose pass and takes off for the corner...fast. However he knocks on and it is a Cowboys scrum 10m in their own half.

16min

Te Maire Martin kicks for Kyle Feldt on the last and he basketball passes to Justin O'Neill who puts it down. Sharks scrum 20m in their own half.

14min

Jake Granville throws a forward pass from dummy half. Sharks scrum 35m from their own line.

13min

Josh Dugan gets his first touch and puts a kick out on the full. Cowboys scrum 30m from their own line.

12min

Johnathan Thurston puts a bomb up on the last and Ben Hampton almost snatches it but puts it down. Sharks scrum 20m out from their own line.

12min

Wade Graham is collected high and comes off with a HIA. Replaced by Paul Gallen who gets a nice reception from the crowd!

10min

Penalty Cowboys - Against Andrew Fifita for wrestling the tackled player after the held call. Ben Hampton then fails to find touch and Sharks are back over halfway...terrible error from Hampton.

9min

Penalty Goal: Sharks
Kicked by Chad Townsend.

Chad Townsend makes no mistake and the Sharks lead 2-0.

Sharks lead Cowboys 0 - 2 Sharks
8min

Penalty Sharks - Te Maire Martin not back the 10m. Wade Graham points to the posts. Kick to come.

7min

Penalty Sharks - High tackle against the Cowboys and Sharks get a chance 30m out.

6min

Cowboys on the attack close to the line and Te Maire Martin takes the tackle on the last. Sharks ball 1m from their own line.

5min

Penalty Cowboys - Jayden Brailey not back the 10m and the Cowboys find the line on halfway.

3min

VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Te Maire Martin looked to all but score off a Johnathan Thurston pass close to the line. However replays show he lost it in the grounding. 20m tap Sharks.

1min

Great kick by Jake Granville and Sosaia Feki knocks it dead. Another Sharks drop out.

We are underway in Townsville! Matt Prior brings the ball back and he is driven back in goal by a wall of Cowboys! Dropout Sharks.

Welcome to Townsville, where last season’s runners up the North Queensland Cowboys host the Cronulla Sharks in what is expected to be a bumper crowd for Jonathan Thurston’s 300th first grade match. Both sides have some late changes, with Cowboys five-eighth Michael Morgan ruled out with an abdominal strain and replaced by Te Maire Martin in jersey #14. Young backrower Corey Jensen comes onto the interchange. The Sharks have lost second rower Luke Lewis to an ankle injury, which sees Kurt Capewell come into the second row in jersey #18. Skipper Paul Gallen will start from the bench tonight, with Jayson Bukuya to start at lock in the only other change for the visitors. An absolute blockbuster in the second game of Friday Night Football, so stay tuned for all the action @LeagueUnlimited.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Gerard Sutton, Chris Butler

Touch Judges: Michael Wise, Belinda Sleeman

Video Referee: Jared Maxwell, Ben Galea

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (20)
Tries: Justin O'Neill, Coen Hess, Kyle Feldt, Gavin Cooper
Field Goals:
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (1/4)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (14)
Tries: Josh Dugan, James Segeyaro
Field Goals:
Conversions: Chad Townsend (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Chad Townsend (1/1)