TAUMALOLO FINDS THE LINE AT LAST IN BRUTAL FASHION
JASON Taumalolo has proven his determination to be “ruthless” is more than just lip- service, as the Cowboys finally found their killer instinct.
Taumalolo had his best game of the season in a twotry performance against the Parramatta Eels which broke his try- drought this year.
The Cowboys inflicted their biggest win this season and biggest win over the Eels in a 46- 4 domination.
It was their 14th win this year, which should see them set a new record for wins and competition points by season’s end.
The Eels were meant to be thrashed in Townsville but they were in contention for an upset during the first 60 minutes.
They were brilliant in attack at times but were their own worst enemies in a first half that should have seen them score more than one try.
For 60 minutes they looked capable of orchestrating a boilover and then the Cowboys found the next gear they have been searching for all season.
The Cowboys’ final 20 minutes was among their
most polished all season as they scored five tries. While they finished the game producing the type of attacking football premierships are made of, the Cowboys’ first half included some of their worst football since their loss to Cronulla last month.
Taumalolo was exceptional all game. Two bargeover tries, trampling hapless Parramatta defenders, gave the Cowboys a 22- 4 lead with 15 minutes remaining and from there North Queensland put their foot on the pedal.
It was the first time the Cowboys have won by more than 20 points this season.
They are now on 32 competition points and with six games remaining can realistically make it to 40 points, smashing their previous best of 34 competition points.
The Eels have been to hell and back this season and they were clearly distracted.
The Eels butchered tries, were passive in defence and lacked structure but the Cowboys were almost as bad during the first half.
The difference between the teams was the Cowboys often backed up their errors with defensive resolve, while the Eels dropped their heads.
Eight of the Cowboys’ 14 wins this season have been by six points or less. They were gritty if unable to dominate.
That changed last night.
BREAKING THROUGH: Jason Taumalolo of the Cowboys is tackled by Manu Ma'u of the Eels during North Queensland’s 42- point win at 1300SMILES Stadium last night.