Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
4 days ago
Match summary: The North Queenslnad Cowboys have finished strongly, defeating the New Zealand Warriors 32-22 at Ericsson Stadium today.
The Cowboys led a 20-10 at half time lead before the Warriors staged a comeback, scoring early in the second half and again in the 52nd minute to lock it up at 20-all.
And exchange of penalty goals saw the score go to 22-all. But the Cowboys were not to be denied with Rod Jensen scoring in the 71st minute before Matt Bowen raced away to put the sealer on the match just before full time.
Scorers: WARRIORS 22 Tries: M Betham, L Paleaaesina, T Byrne, N Fien Goals: Jones 3/5 COWBOYS 32 Tries: T Williams, S Southern, R Jensen 2, M Bowen Goals: Hannay 5/7, Thurston 1/1
Ericsson Stadium Referee: Tony Archer
By the clock: 1st min: Kick Off!!!
2nd min: Penalty goal to Josh Hannay. Cowboys 2-0.
5th min: Try-Cowboys. Ty Williams goes in for an early try for the Cowboys. Hannay misses Cowboys 6-0.
15th min: Try-Cowboys. Steve Southern scores right under the posts. Hannay converts and it's the Cowboys 12-0.
18th min: Try-Warriors. Monty Betham hits back right away for the Warriors after some great lead up play by the Warriors. Jones misses. Cowboys 12-4.
31st min: Penalty Goal to Josh Hannay and the Cowboys lead 14-4.
35th min: Try-Warriors. Iafeta Paleaaesina goes into score for the Warriors. Jones converts and it's the Cowboys 14-10.
40th min: Try-Cowboys. Rod Jensen scores right on the stroke of Halftime. Hannay converts and at halftime it's the Cowboys leading 20-10.
45th min: Try-Warriors. Todd Byrne goes into to score his first try for his new club. Jones converts and it's 20-16 to the Cowboys.
52nd min: Try-Warriors. Nathan Fien scores against his former club to lock it up at 20 all. Jones misses and it's 20-20.
57th min: Penalty Goal to Jones and the Warriors hit the lead 22-20.
62nd min: Penalty goal to Hannay and it's 22 all with 17 minutes left.
71st min: Try-Cowboys. Rod Jensen scores a possible match winner for the Cowboys. Hannay moves in and misses it. It's a four point ball game. Cowboys 26-22.
79th min: Try-Cowboys. Matt Bowen scores the match winner for the Cowboys. Thurston converts and the Cowboys win 32-22.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - M Bowen (Cowboys) 2 - J Thurston (Cowboys) 1 - T Williams (Cowboys) -----------------------------------------