The Roosters manage to hold off the defiant cowboys

The Roosters got some great field position early on off a penalty. Their bomb diffused but they kept the Cowboys pinned in their half until a great kick from Thurston.

The Roosters break the line only to hand the ball back off an intercept. They make it worse by giving away a penalty inviting the Cowboys downfield. A sweeping play just being stopped short of the line. The Cowboys get a penalty which Thurston missed.

Escort penalty against the Cowboys give the ball to the Roosters 15m out. In the smallest of short sides the Roosters sneak past to get Latrell Mitchell in the corner, then knocked over his own conversion (Syd 6, Nql 0)

Off the back of a Roosters mistake, the Cowboys get another penalty right in front. This time Thurston kicks the penalty (Syd 6, Nql 2)

Martin gets tackled in the air allowing the Cowboys a easier trip into the Roosters half.
After some great passes open up the midfield, Taumalolo stands up Tedesco and he stomps over him to score. Thurston converts the barnstorming try (Syd 6, Nql 8)

Hargreaves passes to cronk, then an amazing series of passes finally end in a kick infield and an awesome catch by Joseph Manu to score. Latrell Mitchell converts taking back the lead (Syd 12, Nql 8)

Latrell Mitchell slots a penalty goal extending the lead (Syd 14, Nql 8)
After 3 quick penalties to the Roosters on the Cowboys line Mitchell kicks another penalty goal (Syd 16, Nql 8)

The Roosters sweeping attacks and stabbing shortside runs lead to a disallowed try. The Cowboys then diffused another bomb from a streaking Roosters attack. A high speed first half for the Roosters

The Roosters gain big metres but Cronk was unable to get the last pass to hand. The Cowboys march upfield on the back of a penalty. Tupou cleans up a kick from Clifford causing a dropout for the Roosters. The Cowboys get upfield but unable to convert into points.

From the scrum base, a wide and deep set play from the Roosters puts Ferguson in for a try. Mitchell misses the conversion (Syd 20, Nql 8)

Down another shortside, Daniel Tupou receives a cutout from Cronk to dive in to score in the corner.  Mitchell kicks the conversion from the corner (Syd 26, Nql 8)

From a great dummy pass, Johnathan Thurston scores next to the posts and converts his own try. (Syd 26, Nql 14) A great rush of energy after Thurstons try gives the Cowboys great fire in defense. The Roosters recover with a great clearing kick to flip the tables on field position.

The Roosters are strong on attack until the Cowboys stacks on to take Mitchell over the sideline. The Cowboys take full advantage and a series of offloads opening up the Roosters for Taumalolo to offload to Gavin Cooper to score. Thurston converts (Syd 26, Nql 20)

The Cowboys continue their comeback through offloads, the Roosters defending valiantly.  Thurston was almost in stopped by Jake Friend. The Cowboys keep attacking but the last tackle option isnt great and the Roosters pin the Cowboys. Cohen Hess breaks through and just when it looks likely a forward pass hands the ball back to the Roosters. The Cowboys fought back valiantly but the Roosters managed to get the 2 points.

An amazing game, massive heart shown by the Cowboys to come back and almost steal the win.

- Jeremy

  • Latrell Mitchell 11'
  • Joseph Manu 21'
  • Blake Ferguson 49'
  • Daniel Tupou 53'
  • Latrell Mitchell 12'
  • Latrell Mitchell 22'
  • Latrell Mitchell 54'
Penalty Goals
  • Latrell Mitchell 31'
  • Latrell Mitchell 34'

  • Jason Taumalolo 18'
  • Johnathan Thurston 57'
  • Gavin Cooper 64'
  • Johnathan Thurston 19'
  • Johnathan Thurston 58'
  • Johnathan Thurston 65'
Penalty Goals
  • Johnathan Thurston 14'


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