NRL Round 14 – Match 2 Results: Cowboys 16 v 8 Raiders

On Saturday night the struggling North Queensland Cowboys managed a tidy home game victory when they held on to defeat the Raiders 16 – 8 at Dairy Farmers Stadium, breaking their three loss losing streak.

North Queensland have had a tough time only managing four wins this season, which has seen them end up in the 15th spot on the ladder without any real hope of making the finals.

That is what made Saturday’s win so gutsy, that and the fact they were playing without their instrumental skipper Johnathan Thurston who was away at Origin camp, as well as Matt Scott, Luke O’Donnell and Willie Tonga.

But with Matt Bowen back, he was able to inspire the Cowboys to a confidence boosting win.

It was a poor result for Canberra, who until recently had enjoyed some great success having beaten both the Dragons and the Titans. But without their explosive fullback Josh Dugan, who failed to pass a fitness test, they were unable to produce the same spark that had spurred their previous wins.

In a low scoring affair, just two players scored all of the Cowboys’ 16 points, with 18-year-old Michael Morgan bagging a double, Bowen having a hand in both, and John Williams kicking four from four.

Morgan was first over the line just five minutes into the match, and Williams’ conversion boosted the home side’s confidence as they lead 6 – 0 after six minutes.

But it wasn’t long before the Raiders opened their account also, when Daniel Vidot scored in the 13th minute. Skipper Terry Campese missed the kick, however, and so they still trailed by two.

Morgan then completed his double in the 21st minute and the second conversion by Williams gave North Queensland a solid 12 – 4 lead heading into half time.

Back from the break just one more try was scored and it was by the Raiders Josh McCrone seven minutes in. Again they missed the kick giving them a total of just eight points, as they failed to score again for the remainder of the match.

Although North Queensland didn’t manage any more four-pointers in the grinding second half, despite Williams and Ash Graham both getting over but on the back of forward passes, they were awarded two penalty kicks in the 56th and the 71st minutes, Williams maintaining his perfect match kicking to boot both through the poles and the Cowboys finished up in front 16 – 8.

It wasn’t all good news for the Cowboys, however, as their young double-scoring star Morgan came off in the final minutes with a bruised sternum.

This week the Cowboys look in trouble, travelling to AAMI Park to play the Storm. But the Roosters were able to defeat Melbourne in Melbourne last week so it may be worth taking a chance on the underdogs. The Raiders are also backing up, this time playing the Wests Tigers. Check out the odds of both matches at Ladbrokes.com.au today!