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The Canterbury Bulldogs have showed plenty of ticker to comeback and win their 17th match in a row against a gallant North Queensland Cowboys outfit at Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.
The Bulldogs fought off a spirited challenge from the Cowboys to run out eventual winners 34-6.
The match however, was not without controversy. Referee, Shayne Hayne appeared to overeact when he sent young Bulldogs back, Jonathon Thurston (pictured) to the sin bin, apparently for holding down.
This sparked the Cowboys into action and they ran in two tries to grab a handy 26-16 lead with 20 minutes to go.
But the Bulldogs eventually over-powered the home side with Brett Sherwin's direction and kicking game laying the platform for victory.
The Bulldogs are now just two wins away from equaling Eastern Suburbs Roosters' record of 19 consecutive wins, set in 1975.
Nth Qld Cowboys 26 (Tries: Bowman 2, Morrison, Dezolt. Goals: Hannay 5/6) defeated by Canterbury Bulldogs 34 (Tries: Mason 2, Thurston 2, Vagana, Grimaldi. Goals: El Masri 5/6)
7:30PM, Saturday 03 August 2002 Dairy Farmers Stadium Referee: S Hayne Crowd: 12,231