Roosters thrash Cowboys in
Townsville

The Sydney Roosters have crushed the North Queensland Cowboys on their home turf, running out winners 32-0.

The Townsville crowd witnessed an early onslaught from the visiting Roosters side when Brad Fittler set up play to see Todd Byrne score the first four pointer. But the Cowboys regrouped defending well enough to be behind 14-0 at half time.

The Roosters, however went on with it the second half with Todd Byrne getting a double.

Craig Fitzgibbon had an excellent night with the boot kicking five goals as well as pulling off 34 tackles.

Scorers: Cowboys 0 Roosters 32 Tries: Byrne 2, Robinson, Hodges, Ryan Goals: Fitzgibbon 5/6, Crocker 1/1

League Unlimited Player of the Year: 3 - C Fitzgibbon 2 - B Fittler 1 - T Byrne

By the clock: Warm night in FNQ: kickoff!

4 min: PENALTY GOAL - Roosters. Craig Fitzgibbon slots it through. Roosters 2-0

12 min: TRY - Roosters. Todd Byrne scores for the visitors. Conversion Fitzgibbon. Roosters 8-0

37 min: TRY - Roosters. Chad Robinson scores. Conversion Fitzgibbon. Roosters 14-0

HALF TIME: Roosters gaining benefit from greater possesssion with 20 completions from 25 sets while the Cowboys have only 13 completions from 20 sets. Brad Fittler set up play early and at one point it looked like the Roosters would run away with it. But the Cowboys settled and defended stubbornly before the Roosters through Chad Robinson crossed late in the half. Roosters 14-0

45 min: PENALTY GOAL - Roosters. Fitzgibbon puts the Roosters further ahead. Roosters 16-0

57 min: TRY - Roosters. Justin Hodges scores out wide. Conversion Fitzgibbon unsuccessful. Roosters 20-0

64 min: TRY - Roosters. Byrne gets a double. Conversion Fitzgibbon. Roosters 26-0

68 min: TRY - Roosters. Ryan Cross gets a four pointer as the score continues to blow out. Conversion Michael Crocker. Roosters 32-0

FULL TIME

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