The Titans season seems to have gone from bad, to worse. After winning their first game of the season last week, and on somewhat of a high, the club had high hopes.
That is until Jonathon Thurston came along, with the rest of his Cowboys mob, and blew the Titans out of the water, who just had no answers for the destructive Cowboys attack.
With the right wing being identified as a weakness by the Cowboys, Thurston and Bowen targeted that area, and it paid dividends for the club.
The match was all but over at half-time, with the Cowboys leading 22-0, courtesy of tries to Jonathon Thurston, Willie Tonga, Gavin Cooper and Matthew Bowen.
Whilst the Cowboys remained scoreless in the second half, their defence remained firm, allowing the Titans to only score 12 points, with tries to Steve Michaels and Esi Tonga.
There was also bad news for the Titans, with Anthony Laffranchi exiting the field in the first-half with an injury.
For Titans coach John Cartwright, he concedes that the Cowboys had perhaps one of the best halves of football this season by any team.
“They’re hard to defend to, I’ve got to take my hat off to them for that,” Cartwright said.
“That’s probably the best footy I’ve seen for a long time in the first half.”
Cowboys Neil Henry was not overawed by the performance, Â but was satisfied with his players efforts.
“Good first half, I was pleased with our defensive effort and the tries on the back of working pretty hard out of our own end, so happy with that,” he said.
“When we look at it in the context of three matches in 12 days, two wins and a loss by two points, I think we can take that.”
Despite the win however, there was an element of disappointment in the side as expressed by Thurston.
“There’s some confidence there in the team and we were pretty happy to get the two points, but there was a bit of a sombre mood when we came off because everyone was disappointed with our second half and our completion rate,” he said.
Dally M Points
3 Jonathon Thurston
2 Matthew Bowen
1 Gavin Cooper