Category five flogging
Ashley Graham more than pulled his weight in crossing twice for the Cowboys WHAT perfect storm?
The North Queensland Cowboys turned last week’s disappointing e f f o r t a g a i n s t t h e Ne wc a s t l e Knights on its head after downing one of the NRL’s best-oiled machines 34-6 at Dairy Farmers Stadium last night.
Attitude may have been lacking against Newcastle but question marks on their willingness to succeed were erased completely as the Melbourne Storm were thrashed by a team that was simply the better team on the night.
The titanic struggle between Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk for the Australian No. 7 jumper didn’t quite eventuate but there were plenty of stand-out performers in the Cowboys camp.
It’s just a shame only 9554 spectators got to see them first-hand.
No r t h Q u e e n s l a n d d e b u t a n t Kalifa Fai Fai Loa showed not a single hint of nerves in his first outing for the Cowboys.
Better yet, the 21-year-old New Zealand product displayed outright aggression as he produced an awesome kick-return that eventuated in Matty Bowen racing underneath the posts in the game’s biggest ‘ ‘ wow’ ’ moment. Ev e n f e l l o w youngster Tariq Sims got into the act, scoring his first NRL try with five minutes left on the clock.
It was no surprise that the NRL’s new anthem This Is Our House began to resonate more and more with the home fans as the Cowboys began tearing apart what was the NRL’S most in-form outfit.
‘‘ It’s a good feeling because it’s a good performance across the board with our 17 players,’’ Cowboys coach Neil Henry said in the moments following the win.
‘‘ We can’t get away from the fact that they ( Melbourne) were pretty
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