Inglis injured as Bunnies sneak one against the Cowboys

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs were able to just sneak away with the two points against a dogged North Queensland up in Cairns, however the big news coming out of the Cairns clash was a thumb injury to Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis. Inglis broke his thumb during the game and it has been reported that he will be out for up to 8 weeks, ruling the Queensland captain out of game three as well as the foreseeable future.

Playing out of Cairns with some torrential conditions and a brave crowd of just over 7000 fans, the Cowboys would get the first points on the board off the back of a nice wraparound play from Jonathon Thurston and Gavin Cooper. The resulting chip kick from JT would land right in the breadbasket of Antonio Winterstein to go over in the left hand corner. Thurston would convert to make it 6-0.

Adam Reynolds would do it all himself to tie it up, with a grubber kick from 10 metres out sitting up nicely for the Rabbitohs halfback to re-gather and score right underneath the posts. The conversion would be successful, however Thurston would slide another grubber in 3 minutes later to give Gavin Cooper another try to go with his combination with Thurston. JT would make it 12-6 with a lovely conversion. The Cowboys would end up making it 14-6 a few minutes later through a Thurston penalty goal.

Damien Cook, Sam Burgess and Cody Walker would combine to once again tie the game up, as Cook would deliver a pass to Burgess 10 metres out. Burgess would run close to the line and offload inside to a flying Cody Walker, who would stroll over untouched underneath the posts. Reynolds would convert to make it 14-12 towards the Cowboys heading into the break, with the game on a knife edge.

The Bunnies would get the lead for the first time of the game as Campbell Graham would get on the end of a lovely pass from Damien Cook, as well as a good catch and pass from Dane Gagai to let the rookie over for a 16-14 lead. Reynolds would miss the conversion, leaving the door open for the Cowboys to jump back in the lead and they would.

Lachlan Coote would scoot through from dummy half after some incredible pressure from the Cowboys to crack the Bunnies defense and allow the Cowboys to get themselves back into the lead with just 10 minutes left. Thurston's conversion from next to the posts would give the Cowboys a 20-16 lead, however the game was well and truly wide open.

Damien Cook would fire a bullet pass from dummy half to Rob Jennings, who would beat a defender to go over and tie it up at 20-20 with less than 7 minutes left. Adam Reynolds would have the chance to put the Bunnies in front, however he would miss the conversion to leave it tied. It would not matter, as Reynolds would sink a crucial field goal from 25 metres out to win the game for the Bunnies. The Cowboys would get a penalty with 15 seconds left, as Thurston would tap and take a shot at field goal to tie it up, only for the shot to miss just left of the posts.

It comdemned the Cowboys to another loss, as the Bunnies jump into outright second place with the bye coming at a beautiful time for both sides to recover and look at the last eight weeks.


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