Cowboys edge out Bunnies
in FNQ thriller


Round 17
North Queensland Cowboys 16 v South Sydney Rabbitohs 14
at Dairy Farmers Stadium
Referees: Tony Archer

Match Summary:

The North Queensland Cowboys have done a houdini act and come from behind late in the game to snatch a 16-14 victory from the jaws of defeat against a gallant South Sydney Rabbitohs at Dairy Farmers Stadium this evening.

Souths were coming off a hiding against the Warriors and their pride was at stake and for 75 minutes, it looked as though they would spring one of the upsets of the season but a late try to the Cowboys sealed the Bunnies fate and consigned them to a long flight home from Townsville tomorrow.

The Cowboys were well below their best but with the Raiders imploding against the Eels, the Cowboys now find themselves back in the top eight and it may be the catalyst they need to breathe life back into their spluttering season.

North Queensland Cowboys: 16
Tries: Aaron Payne(2), Brent McConnell
Goals: Justin Smith 1/2, Brent McConnell 1/1
South Sydney Rabbitohs: 14
Tries: Mark Minichello, David Peachey, Jermaine Paulson
Goals: Ben Walker 1/3

By the Clock:
1 min: NEWS We are underway at Dairy Farmers Stadium!

9 min: NEWS Still no score after both teams settle into their rythmn.

15 min: NEWS Souths showing a lot more resolve than last week and are playing some solid footy.

18 min: TRY South Sydney Rabbitohs
Souths score the opening try through evergreen fullback David Peachey. Conversion unsuccessful.
Souths 4-0

25 min: NEWS Souths still holding the upper hand over the Cowboys with some enterprising play and good defence.

26 min: TRY North Queensland Cowboys
The Cowboys are on the board via Aaron Payne. Justin Smith converts the try to give the Cowboys a two point advantage.
Cowboys 6-4

34 min: TRY South Sydney Rabbitohs
Souths take back the lead through a try to Mark Minichiello. Conversion successful.
Rabbitohs 10-6

41 min: NEWS We are underway in the second half.

50 min: NEWS Still no change to the half time score.

55 min: TRY North Queensland Cowboys
Hooker Aaron Payne gets a double to level the scores. I bet no one thought this match would be level with just over twenty minutes to go. Conversion unsuccessful.
10 all.

65 min: NEWS Fifteen minutes remaining and Souths are hanging tough. Can they get the win in regulation or will extra time be required or will the Cowboys snatch the victory?

68 min: TRY South Sydney Rabbitohs
Souths take the lead once again through a try to rookie Jermaine Paulson. Conversion unsuccessful.
Rabbitohs 14-10

75 min: TRY North Queensland Cowboys
The Cowboys come back to scoer and take the lead by two points with the successful conversion by Justin Smith. Oh so close for the Bunnies.
Cowboys 16-14

80 min: NEWS The Cowboys have defeated Souths by two points and the loss would be heartbreaking for the Bunnies, who probably deserved to win over an out of sorts Cowboys team.
----------------------------------------- players of the match:
3 - Aaron Payne
2 - Mark Minichiello
1 - Peter Cusack