It is Fulltime and Melbourne have made it 15 wins in a row over a brave Cowboys outfit by 20-16 in a great game of football. Stay tuned for the Match Report and 3,2,1's @LeagueUnlimited!
Jake Granville knocks on an inside ball from Scott Drinkwater and that will do it!
Penalty Cowboys! Against Nicho Hynes for a high tackle and North Queensland find the line just short of halfway.
Scott Drinkwater misses from out wide but we have a pulse!
Kane Bradley has managed to score a superb try in the corner on debut to give his side some hope with minutes remaining.
Nicholas Hynes misses from out wide.
Josh Addo-Carr now scores his 100th NRL try, after Hynes and Olam combine off a set play to put the Storm winger over for his 21st try of 2021.
Shane Wright knocks on following a strong tackle from Brandon Smith. Storm scrum 30m out.
Nicho Hynes converts and Storm extend their lead.
Jahrome Hughes with a chip kick on the last and it bounces up for Storm winger Dean Ieremia who soccers the ball back on the inside and the ball pops up for Reimis Smith to score and give the Storm back the lead!
Brandon Smith makes a handling error with Melbourne on the attack. Cowboys scrum 10m from their own line.
Cooper Johns rolls the ball in goal on the last and it is a dropout for the Cowboys.
Jahrome Hughes now intercepts a kick from Scott Drinkwater and is brought down just over halfway. Storm turn it around!
Reimis Smith puts down a loose pass from Ryan Papenhuyzen and North Queensland on the attack 20m out!
Cowboys with a chance to score and Reece Robson throws a shocking pass from dummy half to hand the ball back to the Storm deep in their own half.
Scott Drinkwater then converts from the sideline to give North Queensland the lead.
Kyle Feldt scores his 100th NRL try, following some quick hands off from the Cowboys backline, which saw the winger reach out and score in the corner.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Josh Addo-Carr for a strip in the tackle. Cowboys find the line on halfway.
Penalty Storm - Against Coen Hess for a high tackle on Ryan Papenhuyzen...not bad. Storm find the line on halfway.
Ryan Papenhuyzen enters the field, replacing Brandon Smith in the middle.
Tom Gilbert dies with the ball on the last. Tom Dearden and Jake Granville lost their way on the fifth tackle. Storm ball deep in their own half.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Kenny Bromwich for a high shot on Murray Taulagi. Cowboys on the attack 38m out!
We are back underway in the second half at Townsville! The Cowboys tryscorer Coen Hess brings the ball back for the Cowboys.
Scott Drinkwater converts and it is 10-6 to Melbourne at halftime.
Jake Granville jumps into dummy half from fullback and finds Coen Hess who wrestled his way over to get the ball down to get the Cowboys on the board just seconds from halftime.
Cowboys on the attack and Josh Addo-Carr knocks down a Tom Dearden pass. Cowboys a big chance before halftime!
Tom Gilbert sees a gap close to the line but cops a hit from Brandon Smith and loses possession. Storm off the hook.
Aaron Pene loses the ball following some ferocious defence from the Cowboys. Cowboys on the attack 33m out.
Connelly Lemuelu blows a try scoring chance when he grasses a Tom Dearden cross field kick. Storm ball deep inside their own half.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Reimis Smith for dragging Jake Granville into touch with a second effort. Cowboys over halfway.
Nicholas Hynes puts Reimis Smith away down the right hand side now and Smith kicks inside for Hynes but the ball rolls into touch. Cowboys ball 10m from their own line.
Nicho Hynes misses the conversion.
Josh Addo-Carr with another break down the left hand side and he lobs the ball over the top with a neat kick which bounces into the arms of Justin Olam who scores the Storm's second try of the night.
Penalty Storm - Scott Drinkwater penalised for a strip in the tackle on Jesse Bromwich. Storm over halfway.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Brandon Smith ducks out of dummy half close to the line and finds a charging Justin Olam who seemingly crashes over for the Storm's second try. However Smith is penalised for running behind his own man. Not too sure about that one!
Kane Bradley collects the ball on his dead ball line off a Jahrome Hughes kick and does remarkably well to almost get back in the field of play. Drop out Cowboys.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Cowboys put together a superb backline play to put Kane Bradley over on debut, however it has been ruled an obstruction in the lead up.
Penalty Cowboys - Against Josh Addo-Carr for tackling Kyle Feldt in the air. North Queensland on the attack.
VIDEO REF - NO TRY - Tom Dearden kicks wide for Kyle Feldt who leaps high and collects the ball. However he loses the ball trying to reach out to score.
Justin Olam with his second handling error, as he tries to tap on a pass from Kenny Bromwich but he loses possession. Cowboys over halfway.
Nicholas Hynes kicks over the top on the last for Dean Ieremia but the rookie winger goes into touch. Cowboys ball 10m from their own line.
Justin Olam charges at the Cowboys defence close to the line but he flicks it out the back to nobody and Connelly Lemuelu takes possession just 12m from his own line.
Penalty Storm - Against the Cowboys markers for not being square at the play the ball. Storm find the line just short of halfway.
Nicholas Hynes converts from the sideline.
Nicholas Hynes and Kenny Bromwich combine down the left to put Josh Addo-Carr away down the sideline to open the scoring!
Jahrome Hughes on the last tests new Cowboys fullback Jake Granville's positioning on the last and Granville bats the ball dead. Drop out Cowboys.
We are underway in Townsville! Christian Welch brings the ball back for the Storm!
Referees & scorers:
Referees: Matt Cecchin
Touch Judges: Jon Stone, Belinda Sharpe
Video Referee: Henry Perenara
NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (16)
Tries: Coen Hess, Kyle Feldt, Kane Bradley
Conversions: Scott Drinkwater (2/3)
MELBOURNE STORM (20)
Tries: Josh Addo-Carr (2), Justin Olam, Reimis Smith
Conversions: Nicholas Hynes (2/4)