Full Time
80:00
7:50pm Thu August 8, 2019
Round 21 - 1300SMILES Stadium - Crowd: 17530
80min

FULL TIME - Well the late drama saves an otherwise dour match as Brisbane steal a 18-14 win.

80min

Conversion: Broncos
Kicked by Jamayne Isaako.

Isaako slots the kick.

Broncos lead Cowboys 14 - 18 Broncos
79min

Try: Broncos
Scored by Jake Turpin. Kick to come.

Turpin wins it for the Broncos! He scoops up a sloppy pass and steps through to score!

Broncos lead Cowboys 14 - 16 Broncos
77min

James Segeyaro almost breaks through, throws it back to Jake Turpin who also pops a late offload and the Cowboys touch it. Six again. Broncos 10 out.

76min

Michael Morgan finds touch 10 out from the Broncos line.

75min

Anthony Milford almost trapped in-goal but regardless Brisbane with little field position. Jake Turpin forced to kick from inside the 30 and Cowboys have it on their own 40. Milford seems the likely candidate to break this game open for the away side.

74min

Anthony Milford tries the tap on but it goes into touch. Cowboys survive.

73min

Tevita Pangai with the one-on-one strip! Broncos 20 out!

72min

Penalty Goal: Cowboys
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Clifford makes no mistake from right in front.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 14 - 12 Broncos
71min

Brisbane concede a gift penalty right in front of the posts.

69min

Michael Morgan with a well-placed grubber towards the in-goal area but the chase isn't the best and Anthony Milford gets into the field of play. Brisbane struggling to get any metres though and Tevita Pangai drops the ball. Cowboys 10 out.

68min

Anthony Milford with a towering bomb to complete this set but Scott Drinkwater is under it and takes it well.

66min

Conversion: Broncos
Kicked by Jamayne Isaako.

Locked up once more.

Tied up at Cowboys 12 - 12 Broncos
66min

Try: Broncos
Scored by David Fifita. Kick to come.

A powerful effort from Fifita who surges up on an angle to reach out and score.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 12 - 10 Broncos
65min

The Cowboys haven't been the best at finishing games as of late, having conceded seven tries while only scoring one in the final 20 minutes of their last three games.

64min

Gideon Gela-Mosby drops a bomb and Brisbane get a chance to hit back. They are 10 out.

62min

An error from Payne Haas now... this game has seriously dropped off a cliff. Cowboys ball on their own 30.

61min

Scott Drinkwater tries to force a goal-line dropout but the ball skips dead.

60min

Now Patty Carrigan loses it... Cowboys on their own 40.

59min

Jake Granville with a massive break through the middle and the Cowboys are just 40 out. Gavin Cooper forces an offload though and Brisbane have it back.

58min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Clifford converts his own try.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 12 - 6 Broncos
56min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Jake Clifford. Kick to come.

Clifford won't be denied this time! He grubbers for himself and finds enough space to score.

Cowboys lead Cowboys 10 - 6 Broncos
55min

Anthony Milford rushes a pass late to David Fifita who kicks and it goes dead.

53min

Jake Turpin puts up the bomb, it's batted back and Anthony Milford does spectacularly well to stay inside and chip over the top to force a dropout.

52min

Coen Hess tries to offload but the ball comes out in the tackle and the knock-on is ruled. Broncos ball on their own 40.

51min

Jake Turpin looks to force a repeat set but it goes dead. Seven-tackle set Cowboys.

48min

Brisbane lose it bringing it up, Michael Morgan with a massive rush of blood kicks straight away on the first play for Kyle Feldt but Gehamat Shibasaki has it. They hand it straight back to the Broncos, who get a relieving penalty.

48min

Jake Clifford slices right through to score but it's pulled up for an obstruction. Gavin Cooper stops in the line.

47min

Another penalty for the Cowboys.

46min

Thomas Flegler with a careless hit on Jake Clifford putting away his kick on the last and the Cowboys have a full set 10 out.

44min

Andrew McCullough is caught running on the last and rushes a kick which finds touch 25 out from the Cowboys line.

43min

Gehamat Shibasaki clears up a grubber on the last play and Brisbane have it back.

42min

The Cowboys earn the first penalty of the second half and are just 10 out.

41min

Michael Morgan with the clearing kick on the last and Anthony Milford has it. Brisbane to start their first set inside their own 20.

40min

Back underway at Townsville.

40min

HALF TIME - Honestly a very ordinary game with neither side threatening much in attack. The close score line is all it has going for it.

40min

Field Goal: Broncos
Attempted by Anthony Milford.

Milford with a late shot at field-goal that sails towards the posts but falls right.

Tied up at Cowboys 6 - 6 Broncos
38min

Matthew Lodge short to Rhys Kennedy and the ball is dropped. A terrible pass. This game has reached no heights whatsoever.

37min

Scott Drinkwater tries a tap-on to Gideon Gela-Mosby but it goes forward.

37min

Tevita Pangai slides in late to hit Scott Drinkwater on the head. Penalty. Cowboys 40 out.

36min

A pretty uninspiring set from the Cowboys in response and Brisbane have it back.

34min

Michael Morgan with a towering bomb that dips late and Anthony Milford does very well to take it. But it means little as Kotoni Staggs comes up with an error on the following play. Cowboys 10 out.

32min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Jake Clifford.

Locked up at Townsville.

Tied up at Cowboys 6 - 6 Broncos
31min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Shane Wright. Kick to come.

Well that is a bit controversial... Gehamat Shibasaki loses the ball bringing it out of the in-goal area. Wright appeared to have dropped it into Tom Opacic but it is ruled a try.

Broncos lead Cowboys 4 - 6 Broncos
30min

Brisbane are offering nothing in this set but Jake Turpin explodes out of nowhere, kicking for himself and then beating the Cowboys to the ball but he drops it.

29min

Jake Turpin catches out some lazy defenders through the middle and bursts right through. He looks inside with Thomas Flegler in support but Scott Drinkwater does well to drag him down. They eventually force a dropout.

28min

It comes to nothing though. They shift it right and Scott Drinkwater throws it to Coen Hess with men right around him and he drops it.

28min

Jake Turpin lies in the ruck for too long. Penalty. Cowboys 30 out.

26min

Brisbane with six-again close to the North Queensland line but Thomas Flegler comes up with a simple drop. This game has been very ordinary so far.

25min

Penalty Goal: Broncos
Attempted by Jamayne Isaako.

Isaako hooks it to the left.

Broncos lead Cowboys 0 - 6 Broncos
24min

Brisbane will shoot for two.

22min

The Cowboys are starting to win the positional battle, once more 30 out from the Brisbane line on the last. Anthony Milford has the bomb on the last well covered but the Broncos are struggling for metres in this set coming out of trouble. Jake Turpin slices it towards the sideline and kicks a 40-20. That is the most low-key 40-20 ever.

21min

Brisbane going nowhere in this set. They are on the 20 on the fourth. Anthony Milford kicks early. It's a good one that goes over the top of Scott Drinkwater who eventually takes it and brings the ball up to the 30.

20min

Jake Turpin goes... to Gideon Gela-Mosby of course on the last. The ball spills out but it has been batted back by the Broncos before GGM dived on it. Cowboys with it and a massive run by Kyle Feldt helps his side over halfway before Josh McGuire surges top the 30. Michael Morgan goes to the air on the last but Corey Oates is under it.

18min

Jake Clifford now finds the touchline and this has been a very stop-start game to start. Both sides have looked more threatening when popping offloads but neither are really pushing the other much with the ball in hand.

16min

Jake Turpin kicks towards Gideon Gela-Mosby's corner once more but it finds touch instead, right near the corner.

15min

Jason Taumalolo barges up over the 30 as the Cowboys draw closer to the Brisbane line but the ball comes loose.

14min

Nothing comes of the set though and the Cowboys survive.

12min

Gideon Gela-Mosby fumbles another bomb but in the lead-up Coen Hess is caught for an escort on a Brisbane player. Penalty Broncos 10 out.

11min

Tom Opacic pushes a pass off the scrum and Brisbane get it back.

10min

Jake Clifford with an awkward bomb that bounces in no-man's land. Gavin Cooper ends up with it and tries to link inside but finds Anthony Milford. He can't clean it up though, dropping it. Cowboys 20 out with a full set to come.

9min

Anthony Milford goes to the air and targets Gideon Gela-Mosby once more, the catch isn't the most convincing but the Cowboys winger has it.

7min

Conversion: Broncos
Kicked by Jamayne Isaako.

Isaako converts the try.

Broncos lead Cowboys 0 - 6 Broncos
6min

Try: Broncos
Scored by Anthony Milford. Kick to come.

Tevita Pangai offloads to Anthony Milford who fires it out to Jamayne Isaako in space. The winger bursts down the touchline and finds Milford backing up in support.

Broncos lead Cowboys 0 - 4 Broncos
5min

Michael Morgan kicks and finds touch five short from the Broncos line.

4min

Payne Haas with a strong carry over the 40 on the fifth. Jake Turpin then kicks and finds Gideon Gela-Mosby who takes it this time and is crunched on his own 20.

3min

Michael Morgan clears it on the last down towards Anthony Milford who is trapped 10 out from his own line.

2min

Jake Turpin fires a pass to Payne Haas who had a wall of Cowboys defenders there and he drops it.

1min

Anthony Milford with a towering bomb and Gideon Gela-Mosby puts it down. Broncos with a big chance to strike straight away. They will be 10 out from the Cowboys line.

1min

Underway here at Townsville.

Gehamat Shibasaki replaces Alex Glenn in the centres in the only change for Brisbane.

In terms of late mail, Jordan McLean is a late scratching for the Cowboys. He is replaced in the starting side by Matt Scott while Peter Hola makes his NRL debut off the bench.

A big game for both sides - if the Cowboys lose their season is over. The Broncos 2019 campaign won't be over with a loss tonight but it will certainly make things harder for them.

Good evening and welcome to tonight's live blog of the clash between the Cowboys and Broncos.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Matt Cecchin, Gavin Badger

Touch Judges: Todd Smith, David Munro

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Bryan Norrie

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (14)
Tries: Shane Wright, Jake Clifford
Field Goals:
Conversions: Jake Clifford (2/2)
Penalty Goals: Jake Clifford (1/1)

BRISBANE BRONCOS (18)
Tries: Anthony Milford, David Fifita, Jake Turpin
Field Goals: Anthony Milford (0/1)
Conversions: Jamayne Isaako (3/3)
Penalty Goals: Jamayne Isaako (0/1)