Townsville's finest completed a huge form reversal on Saturday night, with the North Queensland Cowboys overcoming last Monday night's failure in Newcastle to defeat South Sydney at home, 20-18.
Paul Green's men ran out and went straight for the jugular, Matthew Wright scoring off a tapped-back bomb in just the second minute, backed up with Tariq Sims crashing over in the sixth.
No sooner had they jumped to a 10-nil lead before Antonio Winterstein miraculously touched down in the corner and with just 9 minutes elapsed, the Cowboys were fourteen in front. Despite the stunning start the Rabbitohs weren't to be silenced, scoring in the 19th minute through Chris McQueen.
The first half was full of tries but none were better than Curtis Rona's tap back down the right touchline off a Morgan grubber before Matthew Wright claimed a double. A penalty goal before the break sent the Cowboys to a 20-6 halftime lead.
The second half was all red and green - Jason Clark forcing his way over early on, and Alex Johnston nearly backing that up shortly after. Greg Inglis pushed the Rabbitohs to within striking distance with fifteen minutes remaining, but the Cowboys were able to hold strong and defend a gritty two-point lead and turn it into two points.
The win cements the Cowboys' seventh win from eight games at 1300SMILES Stadium this season and creates a speed hump in the Rabbitohs' season. Next weekend North Queensland head south to Kogarah to face the Dragons, hoping to turn around their current 0-7 record away from home this season on Saturday evening.. The Rabbitohs also head south to their home ground at ANZ Stadium where they host the Gold Coast Titans on Monday night.