Cowboys win ugly to snap streak
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.