The Cowboys hung on to defeat the Dragons last night 24-20, with the visiting St George Illawarra side having a chance in the final minute to steal the match, but young forward Matt Prior couldn’t send the pass to Wendell, instead making a meal of it and launching it over the sideline and it was curtains for the Wayne Bennett coached side.
Cowboys skipper Thurston scored 3 times to make it 38 points in 24 hours -Â following his strong showing in the Test match, Thurston quickly called for Tests to be played on individual weekends, not combined so close to club games.
After an average start to the 2009 year, Thurston has really stepped in up in the past few weeks. Scoring 5 tries and 9 goals has him hitting his peak heading into the Origin series.
With the Cowboys looking most likely to win for the majority of this game, the form of Brett Morris was certainly a positive for the joint venture club. Morris bagged 4 tries to equal the club record, a record he shares with Matt Cooper and Mark Gasnier – with Morris dangerous on most touches and almost helping steal the match for his side.
Darius Boyd also looked in serious pain when he was forced off with a knee injury, initially seeming a real concern – however the Dragons have now said he is OK and his substitution was purely just a safety first scenario.
The Cowboys were frustrated with the decisions made by referee Brett Suttor and a penalty count that was 6-2 against them at half time but swung rapidly back the other way with 4 in a row after the break.
The win sees the Cowboys go to 8 points on the ladder, a crucial win, given the back-log of teams in that middle section of the table. With several teams having the bye, the Dragons remain on 12 points and have a few teams within striking distance now.