The North Queensland Cowboys have stamped their quality onto the NRL competition with a strong 42-10 win over the Sydney Roosters in front of just over 15,000 fans at 1300Smiles Stadium.
The game started absolutely perfectly for the Cowboys with Kane Linnett crossing out wide in the first minute although as per usual it needed to be signed off by the video referees.
The Cowboys then extended their lead 10 minutes later, when Johnathan Thurston kicked a penalty goal to push the score out to 6-0.
The Roosters weren't having a good night with the bounce of the ball and again it cost them with Tariq Sims taking advantage of the bounce of the steeden to race through and again score for the Cowboys.
At this stage the Cowboys were racing the clock in the amounts of points scored and less than 5 minutes later, the Cowboys scored again with Kane Linnett getting his second try and the Roosters opened up an 18-0 lead after 18 minutes.
The Roosters then hit their gears momentarily with a 100m set of six that was started by Anthony Minichello getting away from his own goalline and saw him rewarded with the 4 points.
The Roosters looked like they had a second try through Anthony Minichello again however this time was called back by the Video Referees after a knock on from Daniel Tupou was spotted.
The Cowboys added another two points to the score and then minutes later the star of the night Johnathan Thurston in his 200th game, scored for the Cowboys to take the score out to 24-6.
On the stroke of half time the Cowboys extended the lead through Matthew Wright and following an excellent conversion from Johnathan Thurston they lead 30-6.
The second half was a lot quieter for the scoreboard attendants with tries to Brent Tate in the 60th minute and Kane Linnett got his hat trick in the 72nd minute; However the try of the second half belonged to Daniel Mortimer who was set up by a beautiful Roger Tuivasa-Sheck step and kick to score just before full time.
The news wasn't all good for the Cowboys with Gavin Cooper suffering from a dislocated hip and Cameron King being carried off the field with a knee injury.
Next weekend both sides will be depleted due to origin stars being out, Cowboys travel to Canberra to take on the Raiders, whilst the Roosters take on the Bulldogs next Friday night.