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In a low scoring first half, Matt Sing scored out wide after 32 minute for the Cowboys. Josh Hannay's previously perfect record for 2003 was blotted when he just missed the conversion.
Possession for both sides was even in the first half and following a try to Anthony Laffranchi, the Tigers grabbed a 6-4 half time lead.
The second half saw the Cowboys go from strength-to-strength and following some excellent support play, the home side ran out convincing winners.
The victory however, may have come at a major cost with news that forward Glenn Morrison was forced from the field with a suspected broken jaw.
League Unlimited players of the year points: 3 - M Sing (Cowboys) 2 - P Rauhihi (Cowboys) 1 - K Campion (Cowboys)
Saturday 17 May 2003 Dairy Farmers Stadium Referee: Stephen Clark
Scorers: COWBOYS 26 Tries: Sing 2, Luck, Muspratt Goals: Hannay 5/6 TIGERS 8 Tries: Laffranchi Goals: Covell 2/2 Crowd: 10,783
By the clock: Kickoff!
32 min: TRY - Cowboys. Matt Sing crosses out wide. Josh Hannay's perfect record is blotted when he just misses the conversion. Possession for both sides is even with the Cowboys having a better completion rate. Cowboys 4-0
36 min: TRY - Tigers. Anthony Laffranchi scores. Luke Covell converts. Tigers 6-4
HALF TIME: A see-sawing first half. The game is up for grabs.
48 min: PENALTY GOAL - Tigers. Covell puts the Tigers further ahead. Tigers 8-4
56 min: TRY - Cowboys. Michael Luck scores. Conversion Hannay. Cowboys 10-8
60 min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Hannay. Cowboys 12-8
NEWS - Glenn Morrison (Cowboys) has left the field with a suspected broken jaw.
66 min: TRY - Cowboys. Shane Muspratt scores. Hannay conversion. Cowboys 18-8
70 min: PENALTY GOAL - Cowboys. Hannay. Cowboys 20-8
72 min: NEWS - Terry Hill (Tigers) sin binned.
75 min: TRY - Cowboys. Matt Sing. Conversion Hannay. Cowboys 26-8