Cowboys run riot as they belt a mistake-riddled Roosters side.
The North Queensland Cowboys made the NRL competition stand up and take notice with a 42-10 hammering of premiers the Sydney Roosters in Townsville on Saturday night, reports Back Page Lead.
The Cowboys have been in good form in recent weeks, but few could have predicted the one-sided mauling of the reigning premiers.
The first half was a one-sided affair, as the Cowboys ran in five tries to one to lead 30-6 at the break.
Kane Linnett scored a double as the home side completely dominated proceedings.
While the second half started a little harder for the Cowboys, it was Brent Tate who opened the scoring with a 60th minute try to stretch the home side’s lead to 36-6.
Linnett scored his third try in the 72nd minute to continue the rout.
The Roosters scored in the 79th minute through Daniel Mortimer to give them some consolation.
It was not all good news for the Cowboys, with back rower Gavin Cooper being stretchered from the field with a dislocated hip in the second half.
They also lost interchange player Cameron King with what looked to be a knee injury.