“I’m not even supposed to be here tonight” - Ikuvalu bags five against Cowboys

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North Queensland Cowboys v Sydney Roosters

 A five-try haul to late call-up Matt Ikuvalu has seen the Sydney Roosters run out 42-16 victors over the North Queensland Cowboys at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Called into the team during the warm-up after Brett Morris sustained a groin injury, Ikavalu - a 26-year-old winger playing his 16th game in the top grade - joined exclusive company in scoring five tries for the foundation club. 

After being denied the opening try to Shane Wright due to an offside call, the Cowboys made amends when Reece Robson (22nd minute) darted out of dummy half to slam the ball down from close range.

Squandering an opportunity to go beyond a converted try when Kyle Feldt's penalty attempt hit the posts, the Roosters hit back moments later when Ikuvalu (31st minute) touched down in the corner.

Hitting the front following a strong run from Sio Siua Taukieaho, the underrated front rower linked with fellow Tongan international Sitili Tupouniua (36th minute) to give the Roosters a 12-6 lead at the change of ends.

Tearing the home side to shreds shortly after halftime, a further two tries to Ikuvalu (42nd and 44th minutes) and a brace to Luke Keary (50th and 52nd minutes) saw the score blow out to 32-6.

Scoring his fourth (60th minute) and fifth (65th minute) to cap off a remarkable night, Ikuvalu etched his name into the annals of Roosters history alongside Gordon Wright (1920), Dave Brown (1935) and Brian Allsop (1955) with five tries.

Late efforts to Coen Hess (73rd minute) and a second to Robson (77th minute) provided little consolation for the home side as the Roosters temporarily moved into third position courtesy of the 42-16 win.

Next week, the Cowboys will face the Panthers in a rare Sunday afternoon match, while the Roosters will host the Raiders in a grand final rematch on Thursday evening.

North Queensland Cowboys 16 - Sydney Roosters 42

Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Crowd: 6478
Halftime Score: North Queensland Cowboys 6 Sydney Roosters 12

LeagueUnlimited.com Players of the Match:
3 points - Siosiua Taukeiaho
2 points - Matt Ikuvalu
1 points - James Tedesco

Tries: Reece Robson (2), Coen Hess
Field Goals:
Conversions: Kyle Feldt (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Kyle Feldt (0/1)

Tries: Matt Ikuvalu (5), Sitili Tupouniua, Luke Keary (2)
Field Goals:
Conversions: Kyle Flanagan (5/8)
Penalty Goals:

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