Full Time
80:00
7:30pm Sat April 21, 2018
Round 7 - 1300SMILES Stadium - Crowd: 12885
80min

The North Queensland Cowboys have recorded their second win of 2018 in convincing fashion, albeit with a disappointing finish, to run out 26-14 winners. Full Report to come.

79min

Justin O'Neill knocks the ball from the Titans grasp and despite the efforts of the visitors to pack the scrum, the game finishes with North Queensland claiming a much-needed win.

78min

Michael Morgan finds touch and unless the Titans can score twice in 67 seconds, the Cowboys are set to break their five game losing run.

77min

Ben Hampton manages to take possession and it would appear likely that the brief fire of a comeback from the Titans has been extinguished.

77min

Kyle Feldt takes his time with the kick-off, but Konrad Hurrell manages to safely take possession.

76min

Conversion: Titans
Kicked by Michael Gordon.

Gordon adds the extras.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 26 - 14 Titans
76min

The Titans have been dreadful tonight, but there remains a chance of something miraculous.

75min

Try: Titans
Scored by Jarrod Wallace. Kick to come.

Surely not?! The Titans have come to life.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 26 - 12 Titans
74min

The Titans are awarded a last tackle penalty after Ash Taylor was denied the opportunity to chase his kick.

73min

Conversion: Titans
Kicked by Michael Gordon.

Gordon converts. A comeback remains unlikely.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 26 - 8 Titans
71min

Try: Titans
Scored by Ashley Taylor. Kick to come.

Mitch Rein creates space for his halfback who is able to sprint 30 metres to give the Titans an air of respectability.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 26 - 6 Titans
69min

Lachlan Coote cleans up an Ashley Taylor and based off of this performance, the Cowboys are looking a lot more like the side expected to go one better than last season.

68min

Coen Hess spins and weaves through the Titans defence, but his offload to Kyle Feldt is astray.

68min

Tyrone Roberts-Davis comes up with an error that may be the worst of the night - off the scrum he loses possession!

66min

Coen Hess races away, but the referee deems an error from the Cowboys in the lead up.

65min

The Titans are awarded the 22nd penalty of the night and the two captains are brought into the principal's office.

64min

Kyle Feldt tries to add another try, but he's unable to maintain possession of Ben Hampton's bat back.

64min

Thurston takes the Cowboys over halfway.

62min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

In a similar position from the first try of the night, Thurston is unable to get the required swing.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 26 - 2 Titans
62min

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

The Australian 'Ivan Drago' breaks the Titans defence and kills off any hope the Gold Coast have of winning this game.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 26 - 2 Titans
62min

On the next play, a shift to the right sees Coen Hess charge over. We'll confirm with the bunker.

62min

Thurston shows-and-goes.

62min

Antonio Winterstein takes a great catch in goal and allows the Cowboys a rare seven tackle set.

61min

Mitch Rein tries to catch the Cowboys by surprise, but the home side have the former Dragons and Panthers rake covered.

61min

Titans earn a penalty after Te Maire Martin gives away another penalty.

60min

Te Maire Martin puts a terrible kick in and doubles up on his mistake by giving away a crusher tackle penalty on Ashley Taylor.

59min

The Titans concede another penalty and while there defence hasn't been as dismal as their showing against the Dragons, there performance tonight has been awful.

58min

The Titans have been made to pay for their poor handling and Jarrod Wallace's lack of composure.

58min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Adding another two points, the Cowboys have surely sealed a much-needed two competition points.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 22 - 2 Titans
57min

He's been under intense criticism for his performances during the Cowboys run of losses, but tonight Johnathan Thurston has delivered a tour-de-force showing.

56min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Jason Taumalolo. Kick to come.

Running onto a beautiful pass from the other JT, Taumalolo seals the deal for the Cowboys.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 20 - 2 Titans
55min

Jarrod Wallace comes up with an error and compounds the issue by conceding a penalty for dissent.

54min

The crowd reaction suggests Michael Gordon knocked on, but play has been allowed to continue.

53min

In a play indicative of the Titans performance, Ashley Taylor places his kick intended for Tyrone Roberts-Davis over the sideline.

52min

Kevin Proctor runs into a gap, but JT is on the spot to cut the Kiwi forward down.

51min

The Titans are awarded a penalty.

51min

Early diagnosis on John Asiata is a dislocated shoulder - the Samoan representative will not return.

50min

Ash Taylor tries to isolate Anthony Don with a cross field chip, but JT is on the spot to clean up for the home side.

49min

Jack Stockwell replaces Ryan James for the Titans.

48min

Scott Bolton is on the spot to clean up a Titans tap back - play will resume with a goal line drop out.

48min

Keegan Hipgrave takes his first charge of the evening.

47min

No Try. Lachlan Coote deemed to be offside and active in the play.

47min

John Asiata is off the field.

47min

The referee has referred play to the bunker, but it seems highly unlikely that the Cowboys have scored.

47min

Ben Hampton makes a great run, but there is concern for the welfare of John Asiata.

46min

In the only competitive aspect of this match so far, the number of errors (16) leads narrowly ahead of penalties (15).

45min

Corey Jensen is the latest player to lose the ball.

44min

Phillip Sami loses possession and in keeping with the first half, ball handling has been diabolical.

43min

Michael Morgan is unable to clean up a short ball and the Titans are presented with a solid chance to post their first try.

42min

The referee halts play for the second time of the half to ensure players play the ball on the mark correctly.

41min

Coen Hess throws an offload that narrowly is cleaned up by the Cowboys.

41min

Max King collects Lachlan Coote in a tackle around the legs.

40min

The Titans allow the kick-off to bounce, but Konrad Hurrell manages to clean up.

40min

Both sides are back on the field.

40min

In a first half punctuated by 15 penalties and 13 errors, two late tries from the Cowboys sees the home side take a convincing lead into the sheds.

40min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

From the sideline, Thurston misses his first attempt of the half as the Cowboys are met with rapturous applause as they make their way up the tunnel.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 16 - 2 Titans
39min

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

A superbly worked play to the right sees Feldt cross with 2 seconds left on the clock.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 16 - 2 Titans
39min

The Cowboys will get a scrum 10 metres out.

39min

Michael Morgan bombs for Michael Gordon and gets a result.

38min

The Cowboys outside backs take a few carries as the countdown to halftime begins.

37min

The Titans manage to clean up a bouncing ball as the Cowboys complete after scoring.

37min

Jake Granville takes another dashing run.

36min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

From close to the sideline, JT hooks the ball back to extend the Cowboys lead.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 12 - 2 Titans
34min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Ben Hampton. Kick to come.

John Asiata delivers a pass befitting a halfback to put the Cowboys utility into clean space to open the try scoring.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 10 - 2 Titans
34min

Bryce Cartwright is on for the visitors replacing Will Matthews.

33min

Ashley Taylor kicks the ball out on the foul. Penalty to the Cowboys.

33min

Ethan Lowe is on the field for his 100th appearance in first grade.

32min

Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Adding a further two points, the Cowboys push their lead out to 4.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 6 - 2 Titans
32min

Ryan James takes a stalling tactic with the referee to help his recover as JT sets up to extend the lead with another 2 points.

32min

Ashley Taylor concedes a penalty.

31min

Jake Granville sprints downfield and the Cowboys are on the attack.

31min

A bizarre last-play option sees Max King deliver a cut-out pass forward to Michael Morgan.

30min

Jason Taumalolo pressures Kane Elgey in a strong tackle.

29min

John Asiata loses possession and if it weren't so tragic the lack of completion from both sides would be comical.

29min

Corey Jensen is on for the Cowboys.

28min

Konrad Hurrell knocks Johnathan Thurston down in a poorly executed attacking play. Penalty to the Cowboys for obstruction.

27min

The Titans get a penalty - after 27 minutes we've had 12 penalties.

27min

Jason Taumalolo loses possession and crucially the side that posts points fails to complete after scoring.

26min

The Cowboys are awarded another penalty.

24min

Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Taking the lead for the first time in some weeks, JT adds the extras.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 4 - 2 Titans
23min

Will Matthews collects Coen Hess high. The Cowboys decline the opportunity to press the Titans defence and elect to take the points on offer.

22min

Another penalty to the Cowboys.

22min

The Titans lose possession after Jason Taumalolo makes amends for his earlier mistake.

22min

John Asiata is on the field for Matthew Scott, while Max King replaces Jarrod Wallace.

21min

To make matters worse for the Cowboys, they concede a penalty.

21min

Jason Taumalolo looks to exploit a Gold Coast defender one-on-one, but ends up losing possession.

20min

Thurston finds touch from a penalty and the home side will resume play inside the Titans half.

19min

Ashley Taylor manages to get a bounce from his bomb and through some enterprising play, Tyrone Roberts-Davis chips and chases, but Lachlan Coote is able to clean up.

18min

The Cowboys successfully complete a set after posting points.

17min

Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

After a short lived lead from the Titans, the Cowboys draw the scores level at 2-all.

Tied up at Cowboys 2 - 2 Titans
16min

JT elects to level the scores with a penalty goal.

16min

A great low tackle from Jake Granville lodged the ball free of Hurrell's grasp.

15min

Kyle Feldt gets play back underway, but on the second tackle Konrad Hurrell loses possession and compounds the error by giving away a penalty.

14min

Penalty Goal: Titans
Kicked by Michael Gordon.

The former NSW representative nails the conversion to give the Titans first points of the evening.

Titans lead Cowboys 0 - 2 Titans
14min

Michael Gordon will step up to open the scoring with a penalty goal.

13min

The Titans elect to take the points on offer.

12min

Penalty Titans.

12min

The Cowboys look to play some expansive football, but end up losing the ball just short of the halfway line.

11min

An energetic, yet slightly hesitant opening to the match from both sides as they look to establish a platform.

10min

Jai Arrow goes close to scoring, but ends up losing possession within inches of the tryline.

9min

The Cowboys nullify a Titans attacking raid with Justin O'Neill knocking the ball down. Titans scrum.

8min

Penalty to the Titans - Matt Scott deemed to be in front of the referee.

7min

Matt Scott loses possession as he crosses into the Titans half. Titans scrum.

7min

Ashley Taylor targets Lachlan Coote with his last play kick, however the Titans' chasers are deemed to be inside the 10 - Cowboys penalty.

6min

Lachlan Coote kicks on the last as the Cowboys complete another set.

5min

Both sides have fired attacking shots early.

5min

Kane Elgey delivers a cut-out pass intended for Tyrone Roberts-Davis, however the pass ends up in the grandstand.

3min

The Bunker has deemed Kevin Proctor was obstructed during the lead up - NO TRY.

3min

The referee will check with the bunker regarding an obstruction, but watching the play live it appeared as though Lachlan Coote simply delivered a beautiful pass for his centre to streak away.

3min

Justin O'Neill is claiming a try.

3min

The Cowboys will start a set inside the Titans half.

2min

Gavin Cooper gets an offload away and the Cowboys draw a penalty to boot.

2min

Taylor bombs for Lachlan Coote who does a good job of gathering in possession despite pressure from three Gold Coast chasers.

The Cowboys complete their first set and hand the Titans possession inside their own 30 metre zone.

Ashley Taylor kicks off and Scott Bolton takes the first run of the night.

Johnathan Thurston takes the Cowboys onto the field to rapturous applause from the North Queensland faithful. Kick-off is moments away.

Ryan James leads the Titans out onto 1300SMILES Stadium.

Ethan Lowe will play his 100th match for North Queensland. The former Roosters Under 20s backrower made his debut for the Cowboys in 2013, in a sign of symmetry, against the Titans.

In recent times the Cowboys have dominated recent clashes against the Titans, having won the past five meetings dating back to 2014.

This is the 20th meeting between the two clubs. North Queensland hold the overall record over the Gold Coast (11-8); while of the ten fixtures contested in Townsville, the Cowboys have won seven.

Currently sitting narrowly outside the top eight, the Titans have enjoyed a promising start to the year following Garth Brennan’s appointment as coach, with a 50% success rate over the opening quarter of the regular season.

The Cowboys come into tonight’s fixture on the losing end of five consecutive matches, their worst run in first grade since the middle of 2013, in desperate need of turning their fortunes around after recording their worst start to a season since 2004.

Both teams are as per program, 1-17.

Welcome to League Unlimited’s coverage of Round 7 Saturday Night Football between the North Queensland Cowboys and Gold Coast Titans at 1300SMILES Stadium.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Grant Atkins, Alan Shortall

Touch Judges: Drew Oultram, Rohan Best

Video Referee: Ashley Klein, Bryan Norrie

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (26)
Tries: Ben Hampton, Kyle Feldt, Jason Taumalolo, Coen Hess
Field Goals:
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/4)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (3/3)

GOLD COAST TITANS (14)
Tries: Ashley Taylor, Jarrod Wallace
Field Goals:
Conversions: Michael Gordon (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Michael Gordon (1/1)