Full Time
7:30pm Sat July 21, 2018
Round 19 - 1300SMILES Stadium - Crowd: 18068

FULL TIME in Townsville and a bad night at the office for the Cowboys as the Dragons take a 24-10 lead


Cowboys have the ball deep in the Dragons zone.... guess what they make another error


Six more tackles for the Cowboys as they have a chance inside the last minute


Dragons try a play on the last but the ball ends up over the sideline


Gavin Cooper loses the ball in a hard tackle from Tariq Sims


Gareth Widdop looks to go for the touch line and instead his kick is like a tracer bullet into the first row of the grandstand


A good in behind from Jake Clifford and Feldt gets the ball in his hands but he loses it and it goes dead


Kyle Feldt with some great awareness to get his foot back into the ingoal and get a quick tap off the 20m restart


Adam Gee gives the Dragons a penalty as Matt Dufty ends up in a dangerous position and then marches the mark 10 for dissent.


An underwhelming review with no real impetuous from anybody especially with the decision not even bothering to come to the screen


So Jake Granville knocks on but we're off to the bunker as there is some confusion between Adam Gee and Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski over what the restart should be so Ziggy sends it to the bunker


The Cowboys go from side to side on the last and Jason Taumalolo puts a kick in but it's straight into the bread basket of Gareth Widdop


NO TRY is the ruling; An accidental offside lets the Dragons off the hook but they do have to defend another set after Ashley Klein in the bunker rules an escort


BUNKER: Adam Gee says NO TRY as Gavin Cooper claims a second; We have a definite penalty for the Cowboys but checking onside, grounding, something else and something else


ANOTHER error as the Cowboys get upfield off the back of a 20m restart


ANOTHER error from the Cowboys as they mount pressure and now they compound it with a penalty


Cowboys get another dropout after Paul Vaughn can't clean up the Kyle Feldt kick off


Conversion: Dragons
Kicked by Gareth Widdop.

Gareth Widdop converts the try

Dragons lead Cowboys 10 - 24 Dragons

Try: Dragons
Scored by Jordan Pereira. Kick to come.

We had to check everything from offside to knock on's but Jordan Pereira has his first NRL try

Dragons lead Cowboys 10 - 22 Dragons

BUNKER: The Dragons are claiming a try but we're at the bunker and Ashley Klein is mumbling something from the bunker


Another set where the Cowboys get a chance to apply pressure but again an error sees the chance go begging.


A good kick from JT forces Matt Dufty to go dead and the Cowboys force a repeat set


Dragons put in two kicks that go straight into the legs of the Cowboys defenders which bounces back and finally it goes to Leeson Ah Mau whose grubber kick goes dead


Back to back penalties for the Dragons after Ben Hunt is taken high then the Cowboys slow the ruck down too much


Jake Clifford kicks deep but it takes a sharp bounce forward and runs too deep; Dragons get a 20m restart


Second half underway in Townsville; The Cowboys have the first use of the ball


HALF TIME in Townsville with the St George Illawarra Dragons leading 18-10 at the break; The talking points the sin bin of Jack De Belin and the decision of the Cowboys to go for two points when in good field position.


Conversion: Dragons
Kicked by Gareth Widdop.

Gareth Widdop adds another conversion to his tally

Dragons lead Cowboys 10 - 18 Dragons

Try: Dragons
Scored by Tariq Sims. Kick to come.

Some slick backline movement from the Dragons again as Ben Hunt finds space through the middle and then a short ball onto Tariq Sims gets the big man over despite the best efforts of Te Maire Martin

Dragons lead Cowboys 10 - 16 Dragons

First tackle off the drop out and Corey Jensen comes up with a mistake following a rib cruncher from Jack De Belin


Another drop out coming from the Dragons, The Cowboys forced a repeat set after a good kick from JT


Repeat set for the Cowboys after Jordan Pereira is tackled ingoal following a good kick from Jake Clifford


Conversion: Dragons
Kicked by Gareth Widdop.

Gareth Widdop has no issues from right in front

Dragons lead Cowboys 10 - 12 Dragons

Try: Dragons
Scored by Matthew Dufty. Kick to come.

BANG - Matt Dufty slices through with some great acceleration before being chopped down by Te Maire Martin who couldn't complete the tackle and Dufty gets up and goes again and scores under the posts

Tied up at Cowboys 10 - 10 Dragons

Ben Hunt finds touch 10m out to kill the clock and give his side a breather


The Dragons kick high and Justin O'Neill takes the ball on his own goalline without any pressure


Justin O'Neill gets half through the line but comes up with an error as pressure was again building on the Dragons


Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston's conversion again goes close to the upright but it's through the uprights and the Cowboys go out to the lead

Cowboys lead Cowboys 10 - 6 Dragons

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Gavin Cooper. Kick to come.

The Cowboys expose the gaps in the undermanned defensive line and Gavin Cooper at dummy half looks one way but goes the other and scores an easy try

Cowboys lead Cowboys 8 - 6 Dragons

The Cowboys with some good play down the left exposes the 12 man Dragons but they do enough to save points.


Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston hits this penalty goal much better and gets it over

Dragons lead Cowboys 4 - 6 Dragons

Jack de Belin is off to the sin bin as the Dragons give away their fifth consecutive penalty; Adam Gee did give the Dragons the warning on the last penalty.


Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

JT misses the penalty goal as it hits the upright

Dragons lead Cowboys 2 - 6 Dragons

Cowboys again going to take the 2 points after getting a penalty in close range


PENALTY COWBOYS: "You know what happens next" the words of Adam Gee to Gareth Widdop after the Dragons give away four penalties in a row.


Ben Hunt puts a big kick in and it goes way too deep; The Cowboys with a 20m restart


Dragons clean up the ball after the Cowboys string of passes goes astray


Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston puts the Cowboys on the board with a penalty goal to close the gap to 4

Dragons lead Cowboys 2 - 6 Dragons

PENALTY COWBOYS: The ball comes free out of Asiata's grip but Adam Gee rules it had help coming out; Cowboys oddly taking the 2


Thurston kicks in behind the line and Ben Hunt smothers the ball and is trapped in goal


PENALTY COWBOYS: Second penalty in quick succession against the Dragons as Adam Gee rules that the Dragons defence was too slow in getting off the ruck


PENALTY COWBOYS: The Dragons defence is too eager and they race up out of the line and Adam Gee says they left too quickly.


BOOM - Tariq Sims puts a big hit on Justin O'Neill


Conversion: Dragons
Kicked by Gareth Widdop.

Gareth Widdop converts the try

Dragons lead Cowboys 0 - 6 Dragons

Try: Dragons
Scored by Jason Nightingale. Kick to come.

Sharp catch and pass from Widdop to Hunt and then from Hunt to Duftie who turns on the sharp footwork, beats JT and he sends it to Nightingale who scores

Dragons lead Cowboys 0 - 4 Dragons

Tim Lafai gets over the line but is held up on the fifth tackle; A good kick on the last and the Dragons force a dropout

Adam Gee calls time on and we are underway in Townsville and straight away he finds a penalty against the Cowboys for being offside

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Adam Gee, Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

Touch Judges: Alan Shortall, Rohan Best

Video Referee: Ashley Klein, Ben Galea

Tries: Gavin Cooper
Field Goals:
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (1/1)
Penalty Goals: Johnathan Thurston (2/3)

Tries: Jason Nightingale, Matthew Dufty, Tariq Sims, Jordan Pereira
Field Goals:
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (4/4)
Penalty Goals: