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10 May 2005
The NRL has announced that the St.George Bank Dragons will play the North Queensland Cowboys at Oki Jubilee Stadium on Sunday, 12 June. Kick-off has been scheduled for 3:00 pm and the match will be televised on Channel Nine. The match is on the Queen?s Birthday long weekend.
North Queensland has only met the Dragons on four occasions at Kogarah.
In 1996, the Cowboys sprung a 24-20 upset against the St.George Dragons who came into the match with seven straight wins. Adrian Brunker, David Barnhill, Jimmy Lenihan and Noel Goldthorpe crossed for tries for the Dragons. The mighty Saints went on to defeat the Western Reds, Canberra, Sydney City and Norths on their valiant march to the Grand Final.
In 1998, Anthony Mundine inspired the St.George Dragons to a 16-14 victory following his rescue mission of Solomon Haumono from Britain. The Dragons led by 16-0 at half-time after tries to Nathan Blacklock, Lee Murphy and Jimmy Lenihan.
In 1999, the Dragons recorded a 22-18 victory in a match where the Cowboys used spoiling tactics. Following the match, Coach David Waite expressed his dissatisfaction with referee Paul McBlane, as he believed that the referee?s poor performance had sabotaged the Dragons? free flowing attacking style. The afternoon also witnessed a protest by several hundred supporters against the plans to take NRL fixtures away from the spiritual home of the Dragons.
In 2003, the Cowboys secured a convincing 36-16 victory against a disappointing Dragons side. The Cowboys led 18-0 after fifteen minutes and were ahead 22-10 at half-time. The only joy for the Dragons came through tries to Amos Roberts, Brett Firman and Lance Thompson. The main positive of the match was the crowd of 13,517, which is a record Dragons? attendance for a home game against the Cowboys.