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The game started absolutely perfectly for the Cowboys with Kane Linnett crossing out wide in the first minute although as per usual it needed to be signed off by the video referees.
The Cowboys then extended their lead 10 minutes later, when Johnathan Thurston kicked a penalty goal to push the score out to 6-0.
The Roosters weren't having a good night with the bounce of the ball and again it cost them with Tariq Sims taking advantage of the bounce of the steeden to race through and again score for the Cowboys.
At this stage the Cowboys were racing the clock in the amounts of points scored and less than 5 minutes later, the Cowboys scored again with Kane Linnett getting his second try and the Roosters opened up an 18-0 lead after 18 minutes.
The Roosters then hit their gears momentarily with a 100m set of six that was started by Anthony Minichello getting away from his own goalline and saw him rewarded with the 4 points.
The Roosters looked like they had a second try through Anthony Minichello again however this time was called back by the Video Referees after a knock on from Daniel Tupou was spotted.
The Cowboys added another two points to the score and then minutes later the star of the night Johnathan Thurston in his 200th game, scored for the Cowboys to take the score out to 24-6.
The second half was a lot quieter for the scoreboard attendants with tries to Brent Tate in the 60th minute and Kane Linnett got his hat trick in the 72nd minute; However the try of the second half belonged to Daniel Mortimer who was set up by a beautiful Roger Tuivasa-Sheck step and kick to score just before full time.
Next weekend both sides will be depleted due to origin stars being out, Cowboys travel to Canberra to take on the Raiders, whilst the Roosters take on the Bulldogs next Friday night.
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (42)
Tries: Kane Linnett (3), Johnathan Thurston, Tariq Sims, Matthew Wright, Brent Tate
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (5/7)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2/2)
TEAM CHANGES: The Cowboys side with a number of changes - Ray Thompson, Jason Taumalolo both OUT, Robert Lui comes in for Thompson & Scott Bolton starts in place of Taumalolo and Glen Hall comes on to the bench in Jersey 18
TEAM CHANGES: The Roosters are 1-17
UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston unsuccessful.
JT can't convert from out wide
8: PENALTY ROOSTERS: Roosters try a quick play the ball and the Cowboys are penalised
8: PENALTY COWBOYS: An old fashioned shepherd penalised by Shayne Hayne and relieves pressure on the Cowboys
12: TRY NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Scored by Tariq Sims. Kick to come.
Never trust the bouncing steeden - well that is what the Roosters need to learn after 2 bad bounces favour the Cowboys and Tariq Sims scores under the posts
18: TRY NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Scored by Kane Linnett. Kick to come.
Some good work by Rory Kostjasyn sees the ball go to Johnathan Thurston who gives it to Kane Linnett to go untouched over the tryline
21: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Anthony Minichiello. Kick to come.
Anthony Minichello has stepped up for the Roosters, started the attacking raid from his own tryline and then 6 tackles later scores in the corner
23: NO TRY the ruling from the men upstairs, knock on by Daniel Tupou the ruling
25: PENALTY COWBOYS: Roosters penalised deep inside their own half and JT will take a penalty attempt
32: Brent Tate down with a knee injury, limps back into the defensive line but not looking that good
33: VIDEO REFEREE: Upstairs we go.... AGAIN - Adam Gee signals a try, checking a possible knock on - JT the possible scorer
36: UNSUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston unsuccessful.
JT in to the wind Bends It Like Beckham well a bit differently but he hits the post
40: Could this first half get any worse for the Roosters - they throw a forward pass inside their own 10m
40: TRY NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Scored by Matthew Wright. Kick to come.
Well defensively he's not had a great night, but he gets himself on the scoreboard for the Cowboys, great lead up play to set it up
40: SUCCESSFUL CONVERSION NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Conversion attempt by Johnathan Thurston successful.
JT tries the fade on the kick and gets it through off the upright
40: HALFTIME at 1300Smiles Stadium with the home side having total control in this one, they lead 30-6
40: The Roosters are in all sorts tonight, Cowboys on the attack after the Roosters let the kick off bounce
41: Michael Morgan with some good play forces a repeat set after trapping the Roosters ingoal
44: Some good defence from the Roosters sees them get their first touch of the Second Half
45: Six more tackles for the Cowboys just creates more pressure on the Roosters
48: More good defence from the Roosters
49: Again the Roosters let the ball bounce however no problems this time for them
50: Bad news for Roosters and possibly NSW fans with Boyd Cordner off the field suffering from Syndesmosis
52: Gavin Cooper goes close to scoring and in saying that hasn't moved on the ground
52: Bad news for the Cowboys and Gavin Cooper - medicab on the field, down with a knee injury
53: JT tries a grubber and its SKD who cleans it up
57: Roosters try to attack on the last and get tackled on the last
58: Fox Sports reporting that Gavin Cooper has suffered a DISLOCATED HIP
63: UNFORCED ERROR NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
Johnathan Thurston makes an unforced error.
Well nobody's perfect - JT drops the ball trying to catch a pass deep inside the Roosters half
65: Anthony Minichello puts a grubber in on the third but no problems from the Cowboys in cleaning it up
71: UNFORCED ERROR SYDNEY ROOSTERS
James Maloney makes an unforced error.
How can things go from worse? Well the Roosters are managing it, James Maloney throws a forward pass from dummy half on his on 10m line
75: PENALTY ROOSTERS: JWH penalised for a shoulder to the head, somewhat surprisingly not on report
76: JT puts one of his worst kicks of the night in, puts it dead and gives the Roosters 7 tackles from the 20m
76: Cameron King down and looks to be a serious injury, few profanities summing up the situation
77: Repeat set for the Cowboys, after a deft kick from Robert Lui is forced dead by the Roosters
79: TRY SYDNEY ROOSTERS
Scored by Daniel Mortimer. Kick to come.
Well the Roosters save the brilliance for the 78th minute, RTS puts on an amazing step to beat the Cowboys defence and then puts a kick in that Daniel Mortimer scores with