Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 07:30pm
North Queensland Cowboys
Melbourne Storm
1300SMILES Stadium
Half time Score: 16
Crowd: 12392
Half time Score: -

Match Review

Video Refereeing controversy has reared its head again as the North Queensland Cowboys have scored an easy 22-0 against a weakened Melbourne Storm at 1300Smiles Stadium in front of 12,000 fans.

The big news coming into the match was that the Storm were likely to be missing their big three however when it came to the game the bigger news was that Cameron Smith was going to play.

The big addition for the Storm wasn't enough with the Cowboys welcoming back all of their origin stars.

The game started off pretty evenly with the Cowboys having to attack against some strong Melbourne defence which made things difficult for the home side.

The first moment of Video Refereeing controversy came up in the 12th minute when the Cowboys looked to open the scoring through Antonio Winterstein and replays suggested that he had scored however the Video Referees ruled that the evidence was insufficient to overturn the initial No Try decision of Ashley Klein.

Not long after that the Cowboys crossed the line again however once again it had to go upstairs to the Video Referees but this time they got the green lights off the Video Referees.

The Cowboys crossed for two more tries in the first half with Antonio Winterstein getting the tick of approval from the Video Referees then Johnathan Thurston scored right on the stroke of halftime and with the conversion he took the lead out to 16-0 at the break.

The Second half was a contradictory affair for the Cowboys with dominance of possession and field position however they couldn't get the points on the board in the early stages of the second half.

It wasn't until the 66th minute that the Cowboys got over the try line through Michael Morgan but like almost every other try it required a comprehensive review by the Video Referees to approve it to push the score out to 22-0.

Not long after in the 74th minute the Cowboys and Matt Scott were left discombobulated when he was denied a rare try by the Video Referees despite replays again showing that a try had been scored.

Next weekend, the Cowboys travel down to Pirtek Stadium for a clash with the Parramatta Eels on Friday night meanwhile the Storm don't get an easy task when they have to take on the defending premiers the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park next Sunday afternoon.

Players of the Match

3. Johnathan Thurston

2. Cameron Smith

1. Antonio Winterstein

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