Warriors win Golden Point thriller to take out Toyota Cup Title

A JORDAN Meads' field goal in the third minute of extra-time will see the Toyota Cup cross the Tasman after the New Zealand Warriors claimed the title with a 31-30 victory over the North Queensland Cowboys.

The Warriors were in front by 14 with only ten minutes to go before the Cowboys staged a magnificient come back to take the match to extra-time.

However, it was the Cowboys who got off to a dream start with John Koko scoring in the opening minute of the match following a 40 meter break by Felise Kaufusi. Kyle Feldt missed the conversion to keep the Cowboys' lead to four.

A mistake from the Cowboys in the next set provided the Warriors with an opportunity to hit right back, however, the chance went begging when Sosaia Feki lost the ball over the try line on the third tackle.

A perfectly weighted bomb by Michael Mogan in the eighth minute confused the Warriors defense allowing Wayne Ullugia to score the second try for the Cowboys. Feldt added the extras to extend the lead to ten.

With the Warriors on the back foot with only ten minutes gone in the match the Kiwis were in need of a big play and Sebastine Ikahihifo delievered. The giant lock threw a wonderful offlaod to Jordan Meads who raced 60 meters to score.

The Warriors were over again five minutes later this time through Dylan Collier following a break by Sosaia Feki. Collier converted his own try to give his side the lead.

The Cowboys reclaimed the lead in the 23rd minute with Chris Grevsmuhl muscling his way over the tryline after a mistake by Agnatius Passi. Feldt added the the extras to give the Cowboys a 16-14 kead.
A penalty to the Warriors in the 33rd minute, ten meters short of halfway, provided the Kiwis with an opportunity to hit back. 

Konrad Hurrell made sure the opportunity did not go begging as the stocky center muscled his way over the line. Collier missed the conversion leaving the scores level.

The points did not stay level for long with Adam Henry strolling over to score in the 39th minute to give the Warriors the lead at half time. Collier missed the conversion again to keep the Warriors lead to four at half-time.

The Cowboys were given an early opportunity to level the scores in the second half after the Warriors were pinned for a forward pass only a meter out from their own try line in only the 42nd minute. Howeve the young Warriors muscled up in defence to deny the Cowboys.

Both sides struggled to hold onto the ball as the half progressed. But it was one mistake too many for the Cowboys in the 51st minute with the Warriors capitalised on some good field position to score in the 52nd minute through Dylan Collier.

Konrad Hurrell proved his value again in the 58th minute as he muscled his way over his second try of the match on the back of some good dummy half work from Saliva Hvelli. Collier added the extras to extend the Warriors lead to 14.

It was all the Warriors over the next passage of play as the Cowboys fumbled the ball, handing the Kiwis several opportunities to extend their lead. However the Warriors failed to extend their lead setting the stage for a tight finish with ten minutes to go. 

With the final ten minutes of their season looming the Cowboys were ready to step up. It was Zachary Santo who kicked off the comeback, strolling over for a try in the 71st minute on the back of a break from Felise Kaufusi. Feldt added the extras to put his side within eight points of the lead.

Santo crosses for his double four minutes later to reduce the Warriors' lead to four. Feldt failed to convert on this occasion.

A forty meter intercept by Feldt in the 79th minute provided the Cowboys with an opportunity to steal the match with only two minutes to go. But an error by lock Chris Grevmsuhl 15 meters out from the line, saw the opportunity go begging.

But the game was not over, with Grevsmuhl going from hero to villain in a minute after he pounced on a loose ball to take several defenders with him over the try line on full-time. Feldt missed the conversion to take the match into extra-time. 

The Warriors were given first use of the ball in extra time, however failed to get in position for a field goal attempt at the end of their set. 

The Cowboys were more successful with their first set, with Michael Parker-Walshe attempting a drop-goal from 35 meters out at the end of the his side's first set in extra time. The kick was charged down by the Warriors, enabling the Kiwis to start their set 30 meters out.

The Warriors completed their set 10 out from the Cowboys' line enabling Jordan Meads to take a shot at goal from only 15 meters out. The young halfback nailed the drop-goal, to win the match his side and earn the Jack Gibson medal. 

Match Details
New Zealand Warriors 31 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 30
Toyota Cup Under 20s - Toyota Cup Grand Final - Sunday October 2, 2011 2:00pm
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Referee: Dave Munro
Video Referee: Steve Clark
Touch Judges: Luke Phillips and Henry Perenara
Halftime: New Zealand Warriors 20 North Queensland Cowboys 16

Leagueunlimited.com players of the match:
3 Points - Konrad Hurrell (2 Tries)
2 Points - Kyle Feldt (5 Conversions)
1 Point - Jordan Meads (1 Try, 1 Field Goal)

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS (31)
Tries: Adam Henry, Konrad Hurrell (2), Dylan Collier (2), Jordan Meads
Field Goals: Jordan Meads (1/1)
Conversions: Dylan Collier (3/6)

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (30)
Tries: John Koko (2), Moses Pangai, Zachary Santo, Chris Grevsmuhl (2)
Conversions: Kyle Feldt (3/6)

LeagueUnlimited.com Live Commentary Good Afternoon folks and welcome to ANZ Stadium for the our second Grand Final match for the day with the New Zealand Warriors taking on the North Queensland Cowboys for the Toyota Cup title.
For those just joining us the Canterbury Bulldogs have just taking out the NSW Cup defeating the Auckland Vulcans 30-28 with a try on the stroke of full-time.
We have overcast condition in Sydney at the moment however has subsided for the time being.
The New Zealand Warriors have announced three late changes for the match.Omar Slaimenkhel is out George Maka moves off the bench and into the fullback position. John Palavi joins the bench.Sio Siua Taukeiaho will also come off the bench and start in the second row with Sam Lousi starting on the bench. The Cowboys have announced no late changes.
1 min: We have kick off!
3 min: TRY
Felise Kaufusi makes a break down the field from his own 30 and is tackled 20 out. Ulugia weaves through the defense out of dummy half before passing it to John Koko who scores. Kyle Feldt misses the conversion.
North Queensland Cowboys 4-0
6 min: The Warriors will get a scrum 20 out after a mistake from the Cowboys.
7 min: Feki loses the ball over the try line and the Cowboys are off the hook.
9 min: TRY
Michael Morgan goes to the air on the last from 30 out, his fullback Ullugia bats it back into the arms of his team mate Pangai who slices through the defense to score. Feldt adds the extras this time.
North Queensland Cowboys 10-0
13 min: TRY
Ikahihifo offloads to his halfback Jordan Meads from within his own 40 and Meads races down the field to score. Collier adds the extras.
North Queensland Cowboys 10-6
18 min: TRY
Collier goes over for the Warriors after Feki makes a break from his own half to place the Warriors in prime field position. Collier converts his own try to give his side the lead.
New Zealand Warriors 12-10
21 min: Passi loses the ball on his own 40 and the Cowboys should go on the attack here.
23 min: TRY
TRY! Chris Grevsmuhl muscles his way over the tryline. Feldt adds the extras.
North Queensland Cowboys 16-12
28 min: The Cowboys get the first penalty of the match on their own 40 after the Warriors are pinned for a hand in the play the ball.
29 min: The Warriors survive after Morgan's rubber is cleaned up by Feki a meter out from his own try line.
30 min: Ulugia fumbles a kick from Jordan Meads 15 meters out from the Cowboys tryline. But the Warriors bomb the opportunity with Tuimavave attempting a kick and chase and finding the Cowboys defense.
31 min: Cowboys get a penalty 30 out.
32 min: Cowboys lose the ball 15 out from the Warriors' line
33 min: Warriors get a penalty on their own 40.
34 min: Possible try t the Warriors here.
35 min: TRY
TRY! Hurrell muscles his way over for the Warriors on the last. Feldt misses the conversion to keep the scores level.
New Zealand Warriors 16-16
38 min: Pangai loses the ball 30 out from his own try line and the Warriors will go right on the attack.
40 min: TRY
The Warriors spread it out wide on the ast and Adam Henry strolls over for a try. Feldt misses the conversion as the half time hooter sounds.
New Zealand Warriors 20-16
41 min: Second half is underway!
42 min: Warriors are pinned for a forward pass a meter out from their own goal line.
44 min: Parker-Walshe loses the ball 12 out from the Warriors'.
49 min: Feldt is tackled over the sideline 40 out from the Warriors' lie as the Cowboys are looking dangerous.
51 min: Warriors will go right on the attack after a mistake from the Cowboys.
53 min: TRY
TRY! Sosaia Feki throws a wonderful pass to Collier as the Cowboys defense try to tackle into touch. Collier scores. Collier misses the conversion again.
New Zealand Warriors 24-16
56 min: Both teams enjoying a bit of a dropathon at the moment, the Cowboys are the ones getting a scrum 40 out from their own this time.
57 min: The Warriors will get a tap 20 after some desperate defense saves the day.
58 min: Possible try to the Warriors here!
60 min: TRY
Konrad Hurrell muscles his way over the try line to score for the Warriors on the back of a great run from dummy half from Havili. Collier adds the extras.
New Zealand Warriors 30-16
63 min: Warriors have the ball 40 out from the Cowboys' line after another mistake.
63 min: Meads puts a little too much on his grubber into the in goal and the Cowboys are off the hook.
69 min: Great kick return by Jordan Meads who runs 50 meters after gathering the ball meters out from his own line.
70 min: Warriors get a penalty 30 out from the Cowboys' line.
73 min: TRY
TRY! Santo strolls over for the Cowboys on the back of a strong run and a wonderful offload from Tuimivave. Feldt adds the extras.
New Zealand Warriors 30-22
73 min: Elisala loses the ball 40 out from the Warriors' line just as the Cowboys are looking dangerous.
78 min: TRY
TRY! The Cowboys spread it out from ten out. Feldt adds the extras.
North Queensland Cowboys 24-30
78 min: Kaufusi loses it 30 out from his own line.
79 min: Feldt makes an intercept ten out from his own line and runs it back to halfway before being tackled.
79 min: Feldt makes an intercept ten out from his own line and runs it back to halfway before being tackled.
79 min: Feldt makes an intercept ten out from his own line and runs it back to halfway before being tackled.
79 min: Grevsmuhl loses the ball 15 out from the Warrios line.
80 min: Cowboys may have stolen it!
80 min: TRY
TRY! Cowboys score on full time with Grevsmuhl muscling his way over. Feldt misses the conversion and we will have extra time.
North Queensland Cowboys 30-30
81 min: The second half is underway and the Warriors will get the ball first.
84 min: FIELD GOAL
Jordan Meads nails a field goal from 20 meters out to give his team the title.
North Queensland Cowboys 30-31

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