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.
Sharks go the short kickoff but Sosaia Feki knocks on. Cowboys scrum just short of halfway.
Johnathan Thurston misses again! 2 from 5 and Sharks have a chance.
Gavin Cooper charges onto a Johnathan Thurston grubber to clinch the win! Cowboys lead 20-14.
Matt Moylan now loses it trying to put Wade Graham away. Cowboys scrum 30m out from their own line.
Johnathan Thurston kicks the ball out on the full. Sharks ball just short of halfway.
Jayson Bukuya now loses the ball 5m out from the tryline. Great tackle from Johnathan Thurston and Gavin Cooper. Cowboys ball.
Ben Hampton loses the ball on the first tackle. Sharks scrum on halfway.
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!
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!
Chad Townsend nails the conversion and it is now Cowboys 16-14. Great finish coming up!
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!
Penalty Cowboys - Against Wade Graham for a high tackle. Cowboys find the line 10m short of halfway.
Chad Townsend breaks through and kicks wide for support near the tryline but Ben Hampton is there to save the day!
Jason Taumalolo loses the ball in the tackle. Sharks scrum 40m from their own line.
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.
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.
Johnathan Thurston kicks the ball out dead on the full on the last. Sharks 7 tackle re-start.
Wade Graham spills the pill. Cowboys ball 15m out.
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.
Paul Gallen makes a rare error trying to offload in the tackle. Cowboys scrum 35m out.
Injury Update - Sione Katoa cleared of a broken jaw. Mouth laceration but unlikely to be back.
Sosaia Feki gets a rushed pass and puts the ball down. Scrum on halfway for the Cowboys.
Valentine Holmes again puts down another Johnathan Thurston bomb but thankfully it goes backwards. Sharks have the ball 15m from their own line.
Penalty Cowboys - Sione Katoa ruled to have collected Antonio Winterstein in the air. He also may have injured his jaw the debutant.
Penalty Sharks - John Asiata doesn't put his foot on the ball in the play the ball. Sharks off the hook.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Andrew Fifita for stripping the ball from Ethan Lowe with 2 men in the tackle. Cowboys on the attack 20m out.
Johnathan Thurston makes no mistake and the Cowboys lead 16-8.
Another Penalty Cowboys - Kurt Capewell not back the 10m. Thurston points to the posts.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Kurt Capewell for laying all over Ben Hampton on the first tackle. Cowboys find the line 30m out.
Matt Moylan grubbers early in the tackle count and the ball goes dead. 7 tackle re-start to North Queensland.
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.
We are back underway in Townsville!
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.
Coen Hess loses the ball and Sharks will get a chance before halftime.
Johnathan Thurston misses again and the Cowboys lead 14-8.
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.
Matt Moylan hoists it high on the last but Ben Hampton allows it to bounces dead in goal. 20m re-start for the Cowboys.
Chad Townsend adds the extras. Cowboys lead 10-8.
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.
Penalty Sharks - Against Jason Taumalolo for not releasing. Sharks have the ball on halfway.
Te Maire Martin bombs towards Sosaia Feki but he is up to the task and the Sharks have it 20m from their own line.
Johnathan Thurston makes no mistake and the Cowboys lead 10-2.
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.
Valentine Holmes now puts the kickoff out on the full! Cowboys find the line 35m from the Sharks line.
Johnathan Thurston pushes the conversion across the face of goal and the score remains Cowboys 4-2.
Johnathan Thurston puts Justin O'Neill over off a smart set play and the Cowboys lead 4-2 kick to come.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Jason Taumalolo charges towards the line but is held up by Jayson Bukuya and Matt Moylan. Superb defence!
Penalty Cowboys - Against Jayden Brailey for holding Johnathan Thurston down in the tackle. Cowboys take the tap!
Valentine Holmes spills an uncontested Johnathan Thurston bomb and Cowboys have the scrum 12m out!
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.
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.
Jake Granville throws a forward pass from dummy half. Sharks scrum 35m from their own line.
Josh Dugan gets his first touch and puts a kick out on the full. Cowboys scrum 30m from their own line.
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.
Wade Graham is collected high and comes off with a HIA. Replaced by Paul Gallen who gets a nice reception from the crowd!
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.
Chad Townsend makes no mistake and the Sharks lead 2-0.
Penalty Sharks - Te Maire Martin not back the 10m. Wade Graham points to the posts. Kick to come.
Penalty Sharks - High tackle against the Cowboys and Sharks get a chance 30m out.
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.
Penalty Cowboys - Jayden Brailey not back the 10m and the Cowboys find the line on halfway.
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.
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
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (1/4)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (14)
Tries: Josh Dugan, James Segeyaro
Conversions: Chad Townsend (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Chad Townsend (1/1)