NRL Round 9 – Match 4 Results: Sydney Roosters 14 v North Queensland Cowboys 32

Monday night’s match made it four from four for the underdogs this round when the Cowboys managed a huge upset win ahead of the Roosters at Sydney Football Stadium.

North Queensland have been really struggling this year, and went into Round 9 on the back of four successive losses.

But they broke that losing streak in style this week defeating Sydney by 18 points, which saw them move up one place on the NRL ladder from 15 to 14.

Meanwhile Sydney continued their hit and miss season and maintained the trend they have been following since Round 2. Since their win against the Tigers in Round 2, with an almost freakish consistency the Roosters have lost then won each of their games consecutively.

Sydney struggled with some of their big name players backing up from rep duties on Friday night, and their loss on Monday has seen them suffer a three rank drop on the Ladder sinking from number five to number eight. A win would have seen the Roosters boosted into the top four, which made the loss even more disappointing.

The Cowboys win was ignited by the surprise inclusion of Matty Bowen who made a brilliant return from knee surgery, playing for the first time since Round 24 last season, and Aaron Payne also back after a five-week break due to injury.

North Queensland dominated throughout the entire match, beginning their assault just seven minutes in when Michael Bani got over the line. John Williams then converted and the visitors had an early six point lead.

Seven minutes later Matty Bowen showed he was fit and back in form, scoring the Cowboys second try after an impressive 80 metre run.  This time it was Ashley Graham who booted the conversion and they lead 12 – nil after 15 minutes.

A few minutes later the Roosters opened their account with Nick Kouparitsas getting over in the 17th minute and Todd Carney’s kick saw them narrow the margin to six points.

Carney, backing up beautifully from his role in the Country v City match on Friday, then managed another try for the Chooks in the 26th minute after picking up a bad pass from Bowen that missed Ashley Graham, but failed to kick the ball through the posts for the extra points so they still trailed by two.

North Queensland didn’t let them close the gap any more as John Williams scored a third first-half try for the Cowboys in the 34th minute after a controversial ruling, kicking it himself to make the half-time score 18 – 10 in favour of the underdogs.

Back from the break the Cowboys maintained their dominance scoring three second half tries to the home side’s one.

It was the Roosters who scored first, briefly inciting some hope in the home crowd, when Phil Graham scored in the 51st minute following some poor attack and completion rates by the Cowboys. But Carney failed to convert again and Sydney still trailed 18 – 14.

That was to be the last points the Chooks would score while the Cowboys continued on to amass another 14 points before the game’s end. First Michael Bani made it a match double in the 56th minute, the try converted by Williams so North Queensland led 24 – 14.

Then Willie Tonga and Anthony Watts both got over in the last ten minutes so the Cowboys finished on top 32 – 14.

And in more good news for the Cowboys, star playmaker and captain Johnathan Thurston, currently out with injury, signed a new three-year deal committing himself to North Queensland.