The North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos have traditionally put on famous clashes and today’s was no different.

The Cowboys were the first side to apply the blow torch within the first five minutes.

The Brisbane Broncos held out the cowboys attack; Te Maire Martin coming up with a great tackle dislodging the ball off an ominous Chad Townsend run.

Great defensive pressure by the Broncos forced Peta Hiku to throw a wayward offload in the panic of being pushed back.

Townsend failed to regather the ball and Billy Walters pounced to score the first points of the match with Adam Reynolds converting the try.

Reynolds had a nightmare half following the Broncos try. Firstly throwing an intercept straight to Cowboys winger Murray Taulagi.

Secondly, Reynolds kicked the ball dead off the next kick off, putting his team under great amounts of pressure.

To top it off, he then kicked the next line drop out on the full, giving the Cowboys the perfect invitation to take an 8-6 lead twenty minutes into the match.

Errors compounded as the Broncos only managed 35% possession in the first twenty minutes, the Cowboys well on top.

Against the run of play, Corey Oates produced great momentum for the Broncos out of their half.

Ezra Mam produced a head ups kick that earned the Broncos a penalty and Reynolds evened the contest at 8-8.

The contest became an arm wrestle as the half went on and the Cowboys received a penalty to edge out a 2 point lead as the half came to a close.

The Cowboys came out firing early in the second half, pouring the points on in quick succession.

Griffin Neame found a hole straight under the posts, perhaps an ominous sign so early in the second half?

Scott Drinkwater then showed his sublime skills soon after when he capitalised on a loose offload and threw a beautiful lob pass to put Kyle Feldt over the line in the corner.

Valentine Holmes converted both quickfire tries for the Cowboys.

Amazingly, it took the Broncos a staggering 53 minutes to register a tackle inside the opponents twenty-meter line.

The Broncos went on to score off their field position with Corey Oates finding the line after some nice team play by the Broncos spine creating space through the middle of the field.

Adam Reynolds converted the try with a side-line conversion, bringing the score to 22-14.

Ill discipline continued to compound for the Broncos despite their try as two ruck infringements marched the Cowboys down the field

Reece Robson scored off the back of the momentum they had generated with the Broncos forwards growing tired.

The Cowboys went on to compound the Broncos problems, as they started to run out of energy.

This led to the Broncos conceding another soft try with Jeremiah Nanai the one to strike on the right edge after some deft footwork stepping back on the inside.

As the half progressed. the Broncos found themselves as the side with field position and Oates picked up a double off the hand of Reynolds via a scrum.

Oates ran his signature unders line and went over the line untouched.

The Broncos ended the match with a flurry of attack.

Selwyn Cobbo was sent through the line by Patrick Carrigan and then two tackles later Cobbo found tired defenders and scored right next to the posts making the score 38-26, the crowd starting to become tense with the lead diminishing.

The Cowboys ultimately put the stamp on the game with two minutes remaining, once again capitalising on a Broncos error.

Taulagi took his double as he scored in the left corner to ceil the victory 40-26, Holmes remaining perfect off the tee for the night.

Although they won the game, Cowboys coach Todd Payten was not pleased with the nature in which his side conceded their tries.

“But some of the tries that they scored shouldn’t have been scored, which is the part that really nags at me,” Payten said.

Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters admits that his side was simply outmatched and outgunned.

“They outplayed us tonight that’s for sure… we take our hats off to them,” Walters said.

NRL News Player of the Game

3 – Scott Drinkwater (NQL)
2 – Jason Taumalolo (NQL)
1 – Luciano Leilua (NQL)

North Queensland Cowboys hulking forward Jason Taumalolo

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.