Johnson nails the conversion right on full time
Prior received a pass right in front, flat-footed, he threw a dummy, shimmied through the line and then fired a pass to Brailey who backed up and scored under the sticks.
SCRUM SHARKS - 10m from the Cowboys line.
Rain falling now. Cowboys playing razzle dazzle but it's not working.
Williams grubbers for himself on the last and the ball bounces up and hits Martin on the chest before going dead. Cowboys drop out.
PENALTY SHARKS - Cowboys with an illegal strip. Johnson finds touch 35m from halfway.
PENALTY COWBOYS - The scrum buzzer goes off. Sharks took too long to set.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Williams drops the ball.
SCRUM SHARKS - Cowboys with a desperate play on the Sharks line ends with a knock on
PENALTY COWBOYS - Hess struggling in the tackle and the ref rules the ball was stripped. Cowboys take the tap 30m from the Sharks line.
Moylan has come up lame from the tackle. Limping off the field.
Morgan with a tidy little short ball to Cooper who strolls through a big gap to score under the dot.
PENALTY COWBOYS - Cooper hit a bit high. Cowboys take the tap 10m from the Sharks line.
Moylan evaded two tackles on his kick return but then threw a silly pass to an unsuspecting Katoa, who drops the ball, 15m from the Sharks line.
Johnson from out near the left sideline slots another conversion.
Morris on the last chances his arm and burrows over from dummy half on the left side.
Morgan kicks long from just inside his 40m, but it goes out on the full
Johnson from out on the left side slots the goal. The Sharks have now scored 24 unanswered points in just 14 minutes.
Dugan screams onto a flat short ball close to the line and smashes his way over to score a powerful try.
Third tackle and the Cowboys drop it cold and Townsend runs 60 metres before being tackled.
PENALTY COWBOYS - Morris with a highish tackle.
In 9 minutes the Sharks have stopped dropping the ball and banged in 3 tries. How this game can change!
Some second phase play in the lead-up saw the Sharks march well downfield. On the last Johnson switches play from rightside and then grubbers to the left side and Josh Morris flies through to ground the ball.
Johnson converts from right in front.
Brailey splits the marker defenders and then sent it to Townsend who scores under the posts.
Cowboys lose the ball in prime real estate.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Dugan attempted an intercept, but couldn't reel the ball in. Cowboys will get another full set camped inside the Sharks 20m
PENALTY COWBOYS - Townsend jumped out of marker too fast. Cowboys find touch 25m from the Sharks line.
Gallen not returning - reports say he has a rib injury
Johnson from wide on the right side converts and the Sharks take the lead.
On the last tackle, Johnson runs to the line and grubbers late, Nikora follows through, catches the ball and scores just before going dead.
Cowboys end the first set of the half with a kick by Clifford which goes dead in the Sharks in-goal.
Johnson gets the second half going
Kahu from wide out on the right side, cannot add the extras.
Martin grubbers to the right side, Feki ran back to clean up but he fumbled the ball and Martin followed through and planted the loose ball for a try.
PENALTY COWBOYS - Sharks offside.
A Sharks set was completed.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Woods drops a sitter this time, 10m from the Cowboys line and right in front of the posts.
SCRUM SHARKS - Cowboys cough it up this time on their own 30m line.
Kahu nails the goal from close to in front.
Asiata with a great run and from the next play-the-ball, The Cowboys go left to Morgan at first receiver and he quickly turns it back inside to McLean who storms over through a yawning gap.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Townsend has tried to hurdle a tackle attempt by McGuire and landed on his Frank Facer and coughs the ball up.
PENALTY SHARKS - Cowboys markers not square at marker as they pushed the Sharks ball carrier back into the ingoal. Sharks start their set on halfway.
Clifford grubbers on the last but Feki was equal to the task.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Townsend knocks the pass down while effecting a tackle, 10m from his own line.
PENALTY COWBOYS - They take the tap 10m from the Sharks line.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Granville from the scrum goes shortside and passes the ball into the referees Nigel Plum's
SCRUM COWBOYS - Yet another dropped SG Ball. Feki takes a good contested bomb. Then Morris drops it cold on the next tackle.
PENALTY COWBOYS - Fifita holding on too long. Cowboys find touch 10m shy of halfway
PENALTY SHARKS - Ball raked out by Scott is the ruling. Dugan takes a quick tap and runs into the Cowboys half.
PENALTY SHARKS - Moylan got tackled by Morgan, who knocked the ball out and then McGuire was ruled offside. Having a drinks break now.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Dugan with a bad play the ball on the last tackle, right on halfway
Johnson throws the conversion over the bar.
Fifita links with Gallen and the veteran than gets a crafty basketball pass to Townsend, who rells it in with one hand and slams it down under the posts.
a tackle later and the Cowboys drop it and the Sharks clean up and are back on the attack.
Morris with a half chance on the left side, but he drops the ball and Cowboys clean up.
Johnson with another short kick that is again played at and deflected by the Cowboys and goes dead in goal. Another Cowboys drop out.
PENALTY SHARKS - Right in front and 15m out. Sharks taking the tap.
Johnson with a sneaky grubber close to the line but it's gone dead off Bowen. Drop out Cowboys.
SCRUM SHARKS - second tackle off the scrum and Hess gets a panicked offload away and the Cowboys knock on, 30m from their own line.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Fifita loses the ball in the tackle. He's clutching at his right shoulder but still playing on.
Kahu ruled to have lost it forward in a one-on-one contest with Moylan to catch the ball. Turnover on the Sharks 10m line.
Off to the bunker again. Ruled no try to Cowboys.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Moylan spills a simple pass stone cold.
PENALTY SHARKS - Hampton looked to have scored off a Morgan grubber, but McGuire was offside. Johnson finds touch 15m short of halfway.
SCRUM COWBOYS - Moylan has the ball stripped but the ref rules it a knock-on. Cowboys 40m from the Sharks line.
Cowboys kick off
Gallen runs onto the field for the 329th time, where conditions are very humid and almost 30 degrees.
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Matt Cecchin, Phil Henderson
Touch Judges: Nick Morel, Kasey Badger
Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Beau Scott
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (16)
Tries: Jordan McLean, Te Maire Martin, Gavin Cooper
Conversions: Jordan Kahu (2/3)
CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS (42)
Tries: Chad Townsend (2), Briton Nikora, Josh Morris (2), Josh Dugan, Blayke Brailey
Conversions: Shaun Johnson (7/7)