The Courier-Mail

COWBOYS TRIP ON HUMBLE PIE

- CHRIS GARRY

THE last NRL team to win nine in a row did so on the way to a premiershi­p but the Cowboys have admitted they need to get arrogance out of their game before entertaini­ng that thought.

The Cowboys last-gasp win over Manly saw the club extend its winning streak to nine.

They are the first team to reach that mark since Melbourne made an exceptiona­l run to the premiershi­p in 2012 and then continued in 2013.

The Cowboys, however, are thankful for the reality check Manly gave them on Saturday night, believing they were too cocky.

North Queensland fullback Lachlan Coote said their getout-of-jail victory against the 15th placed Manly was the dose of humility the team needed.

It was only in the final seconds that the Cowboys beat Manly, winning 18-14 in a game Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey said his team had performed better in. He was probably right. Coote said that when co- captain Matt Scott barged through Manly in just the third minute, the Cowboys began to think a victory was imminent. It wasn’t. Manly were often the better team from minute 20 through to minute 79, when Gavin Cooper scored the improbable matchwinne­r.

The Cowboys made 18 errors, their highest this season and more than double Manly’s eight errors.

North Queensland have been behind in the last 10 minutes in four of their nine victories in a row.

“We got away with one,” Coote said. “It comes down to defence. We hung in there.

“After Thumper got that early try, we switched off.

“We thought we were going to roll through them. That is a lesson for us.

“It comes down to preparatio­n. It was a mental thing. There’s little things there we didn’t stick do.

“I made a few errors I have to get out of my game.”

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