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