NQ shock Eels to win in boilover
NORTH Queensland has moved to within 80 minutes of the unlikeliest NRL grand final appearance in modern history following a shock 24-16 semi-final win over Parramatta last night.
The Cowboys pulled off one of the biggest boilovers of the year in front of 41,287 at ANZ Stadium.
The Cowboys only snuck into eighth spot when St George Illawarra were beaten by Canterbury in the last round but will now take on the Sydney Roosters on Saturday for a spot in the season decider.
The Townsville side was effectively written off after cocaptains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott were ruled out for the year but continues to defy the odds.
Halfback Michael Morgan was outstanding, dictating terms with his kicking game before scoring the match-sealing four-pointer five minutes from fulltime.
The Eels melted under the pressure, making 13 errors and completing just 26 of 39 sets as a season which promised so much came to a disappointing end.
Cowboys lock Jason Taumalolo only solidified his reputation as the best forward in the competition, running for 236 metres from 21 runs as well as making 33 tackles.
Two of Parramatta’s tries came from length-of-the-field kick returns.
Semi Radradra opened the scoring in the seventh minute when he leapt to take a Te Maire Martin kick and run 100 metres to score.
But continued errors on errors meant they couldn’t build any pressure in attack.