Un­der- 20s con­vinc­ing pre­mier­ship favourites in ± 6- 12 vic­tory

Townsville Bulletin - - NRL - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

THE Cow­boys Toy­ota Cup team has is­sued a warn­ing to the rest of the Na­tional Youth Cup competition that their pre­mier­ship favouritism is for real.

An un­beaten start to the year was lit­tle con­so­la­tion for the Mel­bourne Storm Un­der-20s as the North Queens­land NYC team won their third game of the year 36-12.

The Cow­boys put their pre­vi­ous slow starts to bed as they put the Storm un­der heavy early pres­sure but that didn’t stop the vis­i­tors get­ting first points when winger Josh Jerome crossed to help get Mel­bourne up 6-0. But the Cow­boys blew Mel­bourne away with 22 unan­swered points in the space of 20 min­utes to leave spec­ta­tors in lit­tle doubt as to who would fin­ish the af­ter­noon’s cur­tain-raiser on top.

The Storm found the slip­pery North Queens­land con­di­tions prob­lem­atic, their ball con­trol want­ing at cru­cial mo­ments, and the de­ter­mined Cow­boys de­fence added fur­ther mis­ery to their trip North.

Cow­boys cen­tre Moses Pan­gai again proved more than a hand­ful for op­po­si­tion de­fend­ers as he added an­other two tries to his tally for the year, and in­ter­change for­ward Chris Grevs­muhl made a suc­cess­ful re­turn from in­jury with a col­lec­tion of solid hit-ups and one im­pres­sive 80m bust.

Af­ter Alex Elisala got down low on the Storm wing to score, North Queens­land re­ally got to work, threat­en­ing the Mel­bourne try line re­peat­edly un­til it in­evitably gave way and Sam Hoare crashed over for the Cow­boys next four-pointer.

Mel­bourne s cored t heir l ast points of the game two min­utes be­fore the break cour­tesy of winger Josh Jerome, with the Cow­boys dom­i­nat­ing a stanza.

Hulk­ing cen­tre Pan­gai scored his sec­ond try vir­tu­ally un­touched by de­fend­ers and Cow­boys winger Kyle Feldt rounded out the game by div­ing over in the Storm’s far cor­ner with less than two min­utes re­main­ing.

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