The North Queensland Cowboys have proven too strong for the Melbourne Storm running out winners 32-12 at Dairy Farmers Stadium tonight.
A crowd of 12,000 people were on hand to see the home side race away to an 18-0 lead at half time with Matt Sing and Josh Hannay sharing the points
Melbourne's Mitchell Sargent struck back shortly after half time but Matt Sing bagged a hat trick of tries when he crossed in the 59th minute to put the Cowboys further ahead.
Marcus Bai scored Storms second try in the 67th minute before Ty Williams crossed for the Cowboys bringing up the fulltime score of 32-12.
Cowboys 32 Tries: Sing 3, Hannay, Williams Goals: Hannay 6/6 defeated Storm 12 Tries: Sargent, Bai Goals: Smith 2/2
Dairy Farmer Stadium Referee: Steve Lyons Penaties: Cowboys 7-2
League Unlimited Player of the year points: 3 - M Sing (Cowboys) 2 - G Morrison (Cowboys) 1 - J Hannay (Cowboys)
By the clock: Kickoff!
2 min: TRY - Cowboys. Matt Sing. Conversion Josh Hannay successful. Cowboys 6-0
13 min: TRY - Cowboys. Josh Hannay. Conversion Hannay successful. Cowboys 12-0
24 min: TRY - Cowboys. Matt Sing. Conversion Hannay successful. Cowboys 18-0
HALF TIME The Cowboys dominating possession with the Storm having to do twice as much tackling.
48 min: TRY - Storm. Mitchell Sargent. Conversion Cameron Smith successful. Cowboys 18-6
59 min: TRY - Storm. Matt Sing gets a hat trick. Conversion Hannay successful. Cowboys 24-6
63 min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Hannay. Cowboys 26-6
67 min: TRY - Storm. Marcus Bai. Conversion Smith successful. Cowboys 26-12
73 min: TRY - Cowboys. Ty Williams. Conversion Hannay successful. Cowboys 32-6