Cowboys spine the

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TODD BA­LYM

play­ers at full­back, fiveeighth, half­back and hooker then chalk up a Queens­land derby for this year’s grand fi­nal with the Cowboys in front of Bris­bane for a com­bined tally of the four main key at­tack­ing stats.

Anal­y­sis of the 2015 sea­son by Fox Sports Stats has re­vealed the Cowboys are ranked the over­all best team for a tally of tries scored, try as­sists, line­breaks and line break as­sists with 133, in front of Bris­bane with 125 and Can­berra with 120.

The New Zealand War­riors ( 117) and Syd­ney Roost­ers ( 114) round out the top five while pre­miers South Syd­ney ranked 10th with 97 and the Gold Coast Ti­tans were equal last with Cronulla with 84.

The Cowboys are equal third for tries scored, try as­sists and line break as­sists, but are clear No. 1 when it comes to line­breaks – prov­ing their key play­mak­ers are just as dan­ger­ous run­ning the ball them­selves or feed­ing it off for a team­mate.

Thurston has said the great as­set of the Cowboys this year was the ar­rival of Coote and Granville to the mix, which has taken pres­sure of his shoul­ders and al­lowed North Queens­land to spread the load.

Then there is the emer­gence of Mor­gan as not just a con­sis­tent weapon, but a man

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