NRL Round 26 – Match 4 Results: North Queensland Cowboys 8 v 18 Sydney Roosters

On Saturday night the Cowboys finally got to finish their dismal season, but it wasn’t in style, when they went down by 10 points to the high flying Roosters at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Despite winning by 10, the margin wasn’t enough for the Roosters to steal the fifth spot on the ladder from the Warriors, Sydney finishing just below them in sixth position.

The victory has seen the Chooks’ odds to win the Premiership shorten into $7 through, equal with Gold Coast Titans.

The Roosters are now at equal $7 odds with the Titans at to win the 2010 NRL Premiership

In Saturday’s match the Cowboys got the scoring underway 10 minutes in when Matthew Bowen crossed to give them a four point head start, the veteran becoming just the second North Queensland player to feature in 200 games.

It was a closer match in the first half than expected, with the Roosters only getting one try of their own on the board when Shaun Kenny-Dowall got over in the 29th minute.

Todd Carney successfully kicked the conversion so they went to the break leading by two points.

Sydney got off to a flying start in the second half with Kenny-Dowall making it a match double three minutes back from the break, Carney booting it through the posts again to extend their lead to eight.

North Queensland managed one final try for the year when retiring Ty Williams scored in the 61st minute, but without the conversion again eight points was all they could get for the night despite dominating in attack and possession for the majority of the 80 minutes.

The Chooks hammered the final nail in the Cowboys’ coffin in the 68th minute with a Mitchell Pearce four-pointer, the halfback getting over after Nate Myles broke through the line and Carney making it three from three so the visitors won 18 – 8.

Despite coming away with the win, the Roosters performance would have added little confidence to their finals berth as the Cowboys hung on without stars Thurston, Tonga and O’Donnell to keep in the game longer than Sydney fans and their coach would have liked.

Sydney must bring it all to the SFS this Saturday when they play in the qualifying final against Wests Tigers. Whatever team you fancy know that the best odds won’t be found at the TAB. For longer odds and bigger payouts stay at home and bet smart with!