|Eagles brush aside Cowboys
NORTHERN EAGLES have maintained
their push for a semi-final spot in the NRL with a 28-12
win over the North Queensland Cowboys at Dairy Farmers
The Eagles managed to overcome a mistake-riddled first
half to score four second half tries against the
Trailing 6-4 at the break, the Eagles punished the
Cowboys' left side defence, scoring three tries on that
side of the field.
Brad Kelly, Mal Kaufusi and Jamie Goddard all scored on
the left side as the Eagles continually busted the
Kelly scored in the 47th minute and the Eagles then were
twice denied in the left hand corner by the video
After referee Tony Archer had warned both sides for
continuous play the ball infringements, he finally lost
his patience halfway through the second half, sending
Eagles replacement Chad Randall to the sinbin with
Cowboys Glenn Morrison following soon after.
From the penalty which saw Morrison sent to the bin,
Kaufusi put in an entry for the softest try of the year.
He took the ball from a penalty tap kick 10 metres from
the line and ran through a Nathan Fien tackle to score
and give the Eagles a 16-6 lead after Luke Williamson's
conversion with only 16 minutes left on the clock.
The Eagles were never in danger from that point of losing
the game but tries to Goddard and Ben MacDougall, on the
fulltime siren, stretched their winning margin.
The Cowboys' only bright light, Matthew Bowen, gave
Cowboys fans something to cheer about with a try late in
the second half.
Tries: Kelly, Kaufusi, Goddard, MacDougall.
Goals: Williamson 6
Tries: Sing, Bowen.
Goals: Hannay 2
Referee: Tony Archer