Cowboys beat Broncos in a nailbiter 34-30

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The North Queensland Cowboys produced an amazing performance against the Brisbane Broncos to mount a convincing comeback to win 34-30 last night

Sam Thaiday's 300th game had everything from  a 55-metre penalty goal by Kyle Feldt, to an eight-point try to Bronco Matt Lodge. The Cowboys pulled out a heart-stopping four-point win, just their sixth this year and who better than against the Broncos

The Cowboys shot out of the gates leading 14-2 after 18 minutes thanks to tries to Gideon Gela-Mosby and Jason Taumalolo.

Gela-Mosby's four-pointer came when he chased through a pinpoint grubber by Te Maire Martin, while Taumalolo scored after he pounced on a loose ball which Darius Boyd had spilled from a smashing tackle from two Cowboys

The Broncos then hit back through a runaway James Roberts intercept try before the Lodge eight-point try turned the game upside down. The 8 pointer came as Lodge dived in, Martin led with his knees and connected with Lodge's head. Referee Grant Atkins immediately awarding the eight-point try.

A Thurston penalty levelled the scores before megaboot Feldt stepped up on the stroke of halftime to give the Cowboys the lead with his long-range penalty goal breezing its way over from his own side of halfway almost 60m out.

Both sides fell into the arm-wrestle early in the second half, a penalty goal to Isaako levelled the scores after the Broncos found attacking field position off a Taumalolo shoulder charge,

The Broncos then stepped up a notch. Korbin Sims smashed his way over in the 54th minute before Kodi Nikorioma lead up work gave Tevita Pangai a Try four minutes later to take the lead out to 30-18.

Pangai was a sight to behold in full flight and he ran around Martin easily to give the Broncos what appeared to be a match-winning lead.

As Matt Scott and Jordan McLean returned along with a reinvigorated Taumalolo, who ran for 287 metres, breathed life into the Cowboys, and a penalty put them in attacking position.

A brilliant pass after a shift to the right hand side and by Justin O'Neill put Feldt across in the corner to make the score 30-22.

The comeback was well and truly underway when Gavin Cooper stomped over in the next set, JT's conversion getting the Cowboys within two points

The pace increased more and more as the game wore on and it was the unlikely Cowboys who found extra reserves of energy from who knows where to put themselves in position to possibly steal a win

Thurston's grubber kick bounced over Anthony Milford's hands and Coen Hess pounced on the ball to score the match-winner. Setting the crowd on fire as the Cowboys stole the win in the dying minutes

The Broncos have now lost two in a row against bottom eight sides and run the risk of dropping to 8th place if they continue and the Warriors win tonight

- Jeremy

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