Cow­boys win ugly to snap streak

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

IT was ugly. It was scrappy. There were nearly as many penal­ties as points. But it was a win.

North Queens­land fought their way to a drought-break­ing 26-14 vic­tory against the Gold Coast Ti­tans last night.

The win snapped a five­match los­ing streak and kept North Queens­land’s faint premier­ship hopes alive but this was far from the slick, po­tent unit the Cow­boys have trans­formed into dur­ing coach Paul Green’s reign.

They hardly had a chance to shine in a frus­trat­ing con­test in which 23 penal­ties were blown.

But it was a vic­tory North Queens­land badly needed.

“It’s been a while since we’ve felt what that’s like,” Green said.

“It’s the start. We’ll cer­tainly get a lot of con­fi­dence out of that. They got some con­fi­dence and we saw what in­di­vid­u­als are ca­pa­ble of. “We saw the real Cow­boys.” The Cow­boys have plenty of work to do but did lead 26-2 be­fore the Ti­tans, play­ing their sixth con­sec­u­tive game on the road, scored two tries in the last 10 min­utes to nar­row the gap.

Jason Tau­malolo.

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