Thurston's conversion attempt is waved away. 32 seconds remaining
Knights attempted a shot kick off but can't regather. Cowboys hold on to win.
Cooper receives what looked like a forward pass from Martin and then runs 15m to score the matchwinner!
Cowboys look enterprising, Clifford's grubber is a Slater style drop kick that does nothing and the Knights claim the ball.
SCRUM COWBOYS - SKD takes a hit up and drops the ball, somehow.
Another Knights set in the second half ends without looking threatening
DROP OUT COWBOYS - Pearce grubbers into the Cowboys ingoal and the ball is swatted dead by Feldt.
Cowboys get over halfway before Thurston knocks on and the Knights clean up.
Ponga attempts a quick catch and pass that goes behind his team mates and O'Neill dives on the loose ball.
SCRUM KNIGHTS - Knights end a pretty dire set with a kick that Feldt knocks on, 10m from his own line.
PENALTY KNIGHTS - Feldt gives away a penalty on the last tackle, 10m from his own line.
Taumalolo loses the ball in a tackle. Knights clean up, 40mk from their own line.
SCRUM KNIGHTS - McLean loses control of the ball in the tackle.
A Cowboys grubber very nearly provides a try for O'Neill, but he knocks it on in a tough attempt.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Knights with a turnover off the scrum.
SCRUM KNIGHTS - Clifford finds touch, just. Very nearly went out on the full.
Martin ends the Cowboys set with a high kick that goes out on the full.
Ponga sends a long ball to Sio, except Sio wasn't there and the ball goes dead.
PENALTY KNIGHTS - They take the quick tap and move into the Cowboys 40m
Hampton being helped off the field, he's not looking real healthy.
Hampton makes a break, slips over and cops an accidental knee in the back from Ponga
Thurston kicks the goal from wide on the left side.
O'Neill breaks down the left sideline then grubbers back infield and Thurston regathers to score.
Thurston from right of the posts and has a shocker of a kick.
Thurston hits the lead runner Hess, who barges over to score a strong try.
Bolton gets himself across the line but has been held up.
SCRUM KNIGHTS - Cooper's shocking night goes from bad to worse as he ruins a play on the Knights line.
PENALTY COWBOYS - Knights give away another penalty on their line
PENALTY COWBOYS - Cowboys now with a full set inside the Knights 30m
SCRUM COWBOYS - A rushed Forward pass from Pearce. Scrums near halfway.
Both sides taking solid opening sets apiece.
PENALTY KNIGHTS - Cowboys with an illegal strip. Levi takes a quick tap and is brought down a metre from the try line.
SCRUM KNIGHTS - Cooper makes a meal of the play-the-ball. Knights will go right on the attack, the scrum being set just inside the Cowboys 40m
SCRUM KNIGHTS - Aaaaaaand the Cowboys drop the ball in the first play off the back of the scrum.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Ross drops the ball cold on a raid down the left sideline
Sio from out near the right sideline, just misses the goal.
Fitzgibbon scores a second try, as he receives the ball just outside Thurston's outside shoulder and he runs in for an easy try.
PENALTY KNIGHTS - Linnett penalised for a shoulder charge
PENALTY KNIGHTS - Cowboys inside the ten
Pearce's kick for touch just goes out on the full. Cowboys start their set on halfway.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Ponga finds touch
Sio nails the penalty goal
PENALTY KNIGHTS - Asiata gives away a cheap penalty.
Asiata drops the ball on his own line after the restart. Knights straight on the attack.
Thurston converts splendidly from touch.
Thurston capitalises on the extra man with a nice run around before sending a nice long pass to O'Neill who scores in the left corner.
Danny Levi has almost left the field.
PENALTY - Levi gives away a penalty and has been marched for ten minutes.
Thurston gives O'Neill half a sniff at the try line, but Mata'utia and Ponga put him into touch.
PENALTY COWBOYS - Knights get a warning
Hess gets held up in goal. Mitch Pearce is getting some tape around the head, harking back to his old man
PENALTY COWBOYS - Knights give away another in quick session.
PENALTY COWBOYS - The Cowboys starting to pile on the pressure.
DROP OUT KNIGHTS - Ponga allows a bomb to bounce, the Cowboys bat it back and swing the ball left. A late grubber is taken dead by Cogger.
Sio throws another easy goal over the bar.
Levi with a stunning quick, short ball from dummy half and it hits Guerra who strolls through a feeble defensive effort, to score under the posts.
PENALTY KNIGHTS - Clifford pinged for having his hand on the ball in the play-the-ball.
PENALTY KNIGHTS - Cowboys holding down too long. They take a quick tap and are now 15m away from the tryline.
SCRUM KNIGHTS - Thurston takes on the line with no real intent and loses the ball, 40m from his own line.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Ponga throws a dummy and runs straight through the Cowboys line. He makes 40 metres before linking with Barnett who lost the ball as he was tackled.
Sio slots the goal from right in front.
Fitzgibbon breaks through on the right side after receiving a nice late pass from Cogger. He then shapes to pass before stepping infield to beat the Martin and go over for a try under the posts.
DROP OUT COWBOYS - Pearce kicks early and the ball sits up in the Cowboys in-goal. Martin cleans up but is trapped in his own in-goal
PENALTY KNIGHTS - And it's taken just 39 seconds and the Knights have the first penalty of the game. Taumalolo with an illegal strip. Knights start their next set 40m from the Cowboys line.
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Henry Perenara, Jon Stone
Touch Judges: Dave Munro, Belinda Sleeman
Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Luke Patten
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (20)
Tries: Justin O'Neill, Johnathan Thurston, Coen Hess, Gavin Cooper
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/4)
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (18)
Tries: Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2), Aidan Guerra
Conversions: Ken Sio (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Ken Sio (1/1)