It has been a week that was probably one of the most turbulent in the history of the North Queensland Cowboys history but they have put it all behind them, as they overpowered current competition heavyweights the South Sydney Rabbitohs, winning 30-12 at 1300 Smiles Stadium.
With former coach and revered favourite Graham Murray passing away earlier this week and the sacking of coach Neil Henry, it was the perfect response by the Cowboys, as they defeated the Rabbitohs for the first time since 2009 and keep their finals hopes alive in the process.
Whilst the Cowboys stay in 13th, the loss for Souths means they are now second, with the Roosters now in first position as a result.
Aside from the points scored, the Cowboys had two tries disallowed – one for what was apparently a knock-on in the lead-up as deemed by the refs and the other an apparent obstruction against Gavin Cooper.
The news does not get any better for Souths, with in-form five-eighth John Sutton leaving the field in some distress, after injuring his ankle.
“We’ll have to wait and see once he gets scans, but the doc said it’s a sprain of the ankle, so we’ll see how it is,” said Bunnies coach Michael Maguire.
Maguire was honest in his post-game assessment and praised the Cowboys for simply overpowering his side.
“North Queensland Buy Cialis just played very well,” said Maguire.
“They jumped at the start, something that we’ve been quite good at and obviously when you have someone like Johnathan Thurston in the way he kicks, he built a lot of pressure.
“Unfortunately we just didn’t come up to the mark today.”
On top of the win, Cowboys fans got the chance to see what is potentially a superstar in the making, with winger Kyle Feldt producing a stellar game on debut and most likely cementing his spot in the side.
With the game the Cowboys best in recent weeks, outgoing coach Neil Henry said it was the team effort that got them over the line.
“It was just a great team effort across the park,” said Henry.
“Nearly shut-out there but a couple of late tries, but we’ll allow that to happen – it’s good to sing the song.
With some poor performances in the past by the Cowboys, fans must be wondering where that sort of form has been, but Henry says it was something they always had within them.
“We know that we’ve been in games and stuff and I’m just happy for the boys,” said Henry.
“Celebrate the win and work hard, and we did work hard in some games but just got two points here and there.”
3. Jonathan Thurston
2. Kyle Feldt
1. Kane Linnett