Full Time
80:00
7:35pm Sat March 16, 2019
Round 1 - 1300SMILES Stadium - Crowd: 18415
80min

FULL TIME at 1300 Smiles Stadium - The Cowboys send their fans home with smiles after a 24-12 victory over the Dragons in wet conditions.

80min

Conversion: Dragons
Kicked by Gareth Widdop.

Gareth Widdopp converts from the sideline

Cowboys lead Cowboys 24 - 12 Dragons
80min

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

Jordan Pereira scores a try down the left as the Dragons score off a scrum.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 24 - 10 Dragons
78min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Jordan Kahu.

Jordan Kahu converts and pushes the margin out to 18 with 2:38 left

Cowboys lead Cowboys 24 - 6 Dragons
77min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Justin O'Neill. Kick to come.

And that should wrap the game up for the Cowboys, Michael Morgan sees a gap in the Dragons line and kicks through the line and Justin O'Neill gets there and scores

Cowboys lead Cowboys 22 - 6 Dragons
75min

Tariq Sims has the line open and a try at his begging and he drops the ball. He protests Ben Cummins call but naturally doesn't win.

74min

The rain has returned big time in Townsville as the Dragons have a scrum 15m out from the Cowboys line.

69min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Jordan Kahu.

Jordan Kahu converts from next to the posts

Cowboys lead Cowboys 18 - 6 Dragons
67min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Te Maire Martin. Kick to come.

WOW... WOW... WOW... Jordan McLean gets a cracking offload away to Jason Taumalolo who used his speed to get through 1 on 1 with Widdop but Te Maire Martin backs up and scores

Cowboys lead Cowboys 16 - 6 Dragons
65min

Gavin Cooper finds touch with a kick inside the Dragons 10

62min

The Cowboys starting to gain the ascendancy in this one as the Dragons struggle to get out of their own half.

58min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Te Maire Martin.

Te Maire Martin has his first conversion attempt in the NRL and stabs it across the face of goals.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 12 - 6 Dragons
56min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Michael Morgan. Kick to come.

Oh Captain! John Asiata takes a run through the middle, holds the ball up and gets a good pass to Michael Morgan who has a 1 on 1 with Gareth Widdop and despite a valiant effort from Widdop, Morgan gets to the line.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 12 - 6 Dragons
53min

Jordan Kahu off the field for a HIA

52min

The Cowboys make good metres through the middle in their set and on tackle 3 the Dragons struggle to the 30m line in the set

49min

Time out as both Frizell and Kahu hit each other in uncomfortable areas, Kahu hit on the chin and Tyson Frizell is hit in the one place a gentleman should not be hit in.

46min

PENALTY COWBOYS: Cam McInnes kicks out of dummy half for Tyson Frizell who was already in front of McInnes when he kicked it.

45min

Another error inside their own 10 from the Cowboys - Dragons on the attack and need to capitalise.

42min

The penalty for the quick tap went against Josh McGuire for a shoulder charge on Lawrie

42min

WOW!! Blake Lawrie takes a quick tap and gets over the line but some great work from Kahu holds him up.

40min

Second half is go in Townsville. The players return to dry weather however during the half the weather got very wet

40min

HALF-TIME at 1300 Smiles Stadium and the Cowboys take an 8-6 lead into the break thanks to two late tries to Javid Bowen and Nene Macdonald

39min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Jordan Kahu.

Jordan Kahu from the opposite touchline to his first pushes it across the face

Cowboys lead Cowboys 8 - 6 Dragons
39min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Nene Macdonald. Kick to come.

Nene McDonald gets one against his old team as he gets the ball and goes out to the left and goes down towards the corner and scores. The bunker needed to confirm an obstruction and touchline. They gave it the all clear

Cowboys lead Cowboys 8 - 6 Dragons
38min

Morgan kicks wide out to Bowen who taps it back and Aitken knocks on

37min

Gareth Widdop ruled to have knocked the ball on by Ben Cummins... The Cowboys with all the momentum now.

33min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Jordan Kahu.

Jordan Kahu can't convert from the sideline

Dragons lead Cowboys 4 - 6 Dragons
33min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Javid Bowen. Kick to come.

Javid Bowen gets the opening try of the season for the Cowboys, A good play set up the tackle before by Jason Taumalolo bursting through. Bowen got the ball and it looked like he lost it live but the bunker cleared it.

Dragons lead Cowboys 4 - 6 Dragons
33min

To the @NRLBunker we go... The Cowboys have crossed but the ruling from Ben Cummins is NO TRY. Checking touchline and grounding.

32min

The rain has arrived in Townsville in a big way.

29min

PENALTY DRAGONS: The Cowboys attack goes astray again as Coen Hess goes through but stops in the line and denies the Dragons tacklers a chance.

28min

The Dragons handing the ball back to the Cowboys in good field position as Ravalawa drops it

27min

And play breaks down... Jake Granville again goes out to the left towards John Asiata who knocks the ball on.

25min

SIX AGAIN - Michael Morgan bombs high and it goes straight up and then somehow the Dragons knock it on and give the Cowboys six more

24min

PENALTY DRAGONS: Michael Morgan runs behind his own player then puts in a kick but Ben Cummins calls it back for a penalty with the Cowboys gaining an advantage.

23min

PENALTY COWBOYS: Nene McDonald tries to step through the defence but he cops a stray arm

19min

ANOTHER error from the Dragons and now the Cowboys are back attacking.

18min

Cowboys kick through the line but it has too much strength and the Dragons get a free ride from the 20m

17min

Michael Morgan puts up a bomb that Widdop takes under no pressure before he gets hit hard by Justin O'Neill who forces the error

15min

The Dragons are slicing through the Cowboys at the moment. The Cowboys have had the most of the ball but body language doesn't look good for the Cowboys

14min

Conversion: Dragons
Kicked by Gareth Widdop.

Gareth Widdop hits the ball well and it goes through the uprights from out to the right

Dragons lead Cowboys 0 - 6 Dragons
12min

Try: Dragons
Scored by Euan Aitken. Kick to come.

COUNTER ATTACKING FOOTBALL AT IT'S BEST - The Cowboys try and play it cute with some out the back attack, the Cowboys cough up the ball, Dragons go on the attack and it ends with a Euan Aitken try after the Dragons centre got space out on the right.

Dragons lead Cowboys 0 - 4 Dragons
10min

Jake Granville throws a ball to Josh McGuire who drops a simple pass catch.

9min

PENALTY COWBOYS: A sloppy pass from dummy half BUT Ben Cummins penalises the Dragons for being offside

8min

Michael Morgan from inside the 40 has the distance and angle on the kick, Jordan Pereira gets to it but his foot is out when he touches it constituting the 40/20.

7min

IN TOUCH - Justin O'Neill comes miles infield and the Dragons catch them napping but O'Neill does enough and helps to make the tackle that forces Mikaele Ravalawa into touch. Cowboys survive

5min

REPEAT SET - Gareth Widdop kicks in behind the Cowboys defensive line into the ingoal and it forces Jordan Kahu to make a play and is tackled ingoal

4min

The Cowboys take a run on the last tackle but the Dragons are waiting for it and they shut down the play instantly

2min

A settled first set for the Cowboys as Michael Morgan kicks for the sideline and finds it

1min

WE ARE GO! The Dragons kick-off and the Cowboys will use the ball first

And as per all games this weekend, we take a minute silence to remember the victims of the attack in Christchurch yesterday.

Dragons making their way out to 1300 Smiles Stadium - This game a big one for the Cowboys and the North Queensland Region on a whole after drought, cyclones and Floods all hitting during the off-season.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Ben Cummins, Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski

Touch Judges: Nick Morel, Todd Smith

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Ben Lowe

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (24)
Tries: Michael Morgan, Javid Bowen, Nene Macdonald, Te Maire Martin, Justin O'Neill
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jordan Kahu (2/4), Te Maire Martin (0/1)
Penalty Goals:

ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS (12)
Tries: Euan Aitken, Jordan Pereira
Field Goals:
Conversions: Gareth Widdop (2/2)
Penalty Goals: