Saturday August 2, 2014 @ 05:30pm
North Queensland Cowboys
Gold Coast Titans
1300SMILES Stadium
Half time Score: 12
Crowd: 14487
Half time Score: 8

Match Review

Johnathan Thurston was unsurprisingly the star of the show, with three try assists, as well as a try of his own. Although his try, which was as simple as reacting the quickest to put his hands on the ball, will not make any highlight reels this season, Thurston's masterclass has skyrocketed his side to just one win outside the top four.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, it was the away side who first took the lead through a penalty goal to Michael Gordon. The Titans first points came on the back of three successive penalties after some poor discipline from the home side.

The Southern Queenslanders extended their lead in the 28th minute after a brilliant solo effort from stand-in number six Brad Takairangi. The Shire born pivot beat a host of tackles before reaching out to plant the ball next to the posts. Gordon made no mistake adding the extras stretching the lead to 8-0.

The Cowboys would, however, take a lead into halftime after scoring two converted tries in as many sets of six. The first came through Michael Morgan who reacted quickest to a JT grubber, out enthusing David Mead. Their second try came via a brilliant run from back rower Gavin Cooper, who sold the fullback a dummy for the ages.

Unfortunately for the Titans, although they showed some fight, and did refuse to lay down, they were heavily outclassed the Thurston-lead Cowboys in the second half.

Tries to Thurston, Moga and Linnett secured the game for the Cowboys, giving them their fifth home win in a row. Thurston finished with 4/6 off the boot after landing three conversions and a penalty goal. The returning Matt Scott helped lay the foundation with 194 metres. He was by far the best of the big men.

The Cowboys now look set for yet another late season charge to the finals, after sitting as low as 13th just a month or so ago. Unfortunately for the Titans, they now look as though they'll need to win each of their five remaining games to be any chance of making the eight.

Players of the Match

3. Johnathan Thurston

2. Michael Morgan

1. Matthew Scott

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