The North Queensland Cowboys have shrugged off a Canterbury Bulldogs second half comeback to win by seven points.
The Cowboys had raced to a 12-0 lead before the Dogs posted three straights tries. But two four-pointers and a drop goal in the final period got North Queensland home.
It was a very even, defence-focused first half in Townsville.
The Cowboys finally got the breakthrough with a bit of brilliance from Michael Morgan.
Just before half-time and Matthew Wright got North Queensland’s second try.
The home team was 12-0 in front at the break.
In the second half the Bulldogs clawed their way back into the game, firstly through Josh Jackson.
And then Corey Thompson tied it up a 12-12. The contest was back on.
The Bulldogs great run continued and then Curits Rona put them in front with an intercept try.
They looked like they would go on with it. But then Gavin Cooper crossed in the right corner to equalise.
Then some more individual brilliance from Morgan gave the Cowboys the lead.
Jonathan Thurston slotted a field goal in the final few minutes to finish off the Bulldogs.