Warriors humiliated by Cowboys in Townsville

01:55, Aug 12 2012
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Warriors' Manu Vatuvei tries to pass the ball infield against Manly at Eden Park.
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An injured Jerome Ropati against Manly at Eden Park.
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Warriors' Shaun Johnson heads to the tryline against Manly at Eden Park.
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Kevin Locke is consoled by Manu Vatuvei after being pushed into touch against Manly at Eden Park.
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Manu Vatuvei scores a try against Manly at Eden Park.
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Warriors Feleti Mateo is wrapped up by the Manly defence at Eden Park.
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A dejected Kevin Locke has a drink following the Warriors' NRL season-opening loss to Manly.
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Big wing Manu Vatuvei celebrates his second try that pulled the Warriors within striking distance.
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Warriors centre Lewis Brown charges through the Manly defence, leaving Glenn Stewart (right) clutching at air.
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Centre Konrad Hurrell runs into the heart of the Eels defence.
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The Warriors celebrate a try to Feleti Mateo (second from left).
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Back rower Elijah Taylor offloads for the Warriors.
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Warriors halfback James Maloney completes a tackle on Jarryd Hayne after the Eels fullback fell heavily on an injured knee.
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Warriors halfback James Maloney busts through the Parramatta Eels defence on the way to scoring a try during their round two match in Sydney.
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Warriors lock Elijah Taylor tackles Bulldogs replacement Greg Eastwood.
Warriors v Parramatta, round two
Warriors fullback Kevin Locke dives to score in the tackle of Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba.
Warriors v Parramatta, round two
Warriors second-rower Feleti Mateo offloads in the tackle of Bulldogs replacement James Graham.
Warriors v Parramatta, round two
Warriors five-eighth James Maloney scores inthe tackle of Bulldogs fullback Ben Barba.
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Warriors replacement Lewis Brown on the charge against the Bulldogs.
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Gold Coast Titans second rower Greg Bird is contained by Shaun Johnson, Jerome Ropati, Lewis Brown and Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors.
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Warriors centre Jerome Ropati runs at Gold Coast Titans halfback Scott Prince.
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Warriors prop Ben Matulinoon the charge.
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Warriors captain Simon Mannering charges into Gold Coast Titans second rower Mark Minichiello.
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Warriors hooker Nathan Friend is tackled by Gold Coast Titans prop Nate Myles.
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Warriors prop Ben Matulino is wrapped by Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Bailey.
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Warriors fullback Kevin Locke in action against Gold Coast.
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Simon Mannering is tackled by Braith Anasta of the Roosters.
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James Maloney celebrates a try against the Roosters.
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Roosters' Jared Warea-Hargreaves walks away after tackling Ukuma Ta'ai of the Warriors.
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Ben Henry is tackled by Brad Takarangi of the Roosters.
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Ben Matulino is tackled by Martin Kennedy of the Roosters.
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Elijah Taylor after the Warriors' loss to the Roosters.
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Elijah Taylor of the Warriors is tackled by Bronson Harrison and Terry Campese of the Raiders.
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Reece Robinson of the Raiders is tackled by Simon Mannering of the Warriors.
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Nathan Friend of the Warriors runs the ball.
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Feleti Mateo of the Warriors is tackled.
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Ben Matulino of the Warriors is tackled by Dane Tilse of the Raiders.
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Bronson Harrison of the Raiders off loads the ball during their game against the Warriors.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors controls a high ball.
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Warriors forward Lewis Brown scores.
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Warriors five-eighth James Maloney in their game againt the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
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Warriors five-eighth James Maloney scragged in their game againt the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
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Warriors centre Ben Henry goes into score in their game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Warriors v Storm
Justin O'Neill of the Storm scores a try against the Warriors.
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Will Chambers of the Storm is congratulated by his team mates after scoring a try.
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Storm players run through the team banner during the round eight NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors .
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Krisnan Inu of the Warriors is tackled against the Storm.
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Bill Tupou of the Warriors scores his team's first try against the Storm.
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Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell in action against the Broncos at Mount Smart Stadium.
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Warriors players celebrate the opening against the Brisbane Broncos.
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Warriors centre Ben Henry dodges Broncos halfback Peter Wallace.
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Warriors prop Jacob Lilyman runs at Broncos replacement Matt Gillett.
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Warriors five-eighth James Maloney against the Broncos.
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Manu Vatuvei, Nathan Friend, Ben Henry and Jacob Lillyman of the Warriors celebrate after Feleti Mateo scored a try.
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Warriors celebrate Manu Vatuvei's try against the Roosters.
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A fight breaks out between the Warriors and the Roosters.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors beats Sam Perrett of the Roosters to the high ball.
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Warriors Manu Vatuvei scores a try against the Roosters.
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Warriors Shaun Johnson breaks free and scores his first try against the Roosters.
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Warriors' Konrad Hurrell celebrates his try against the Roosters.
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Warriors' Manu Vatuvei goes after the bomb against Roosters' Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Sam Perrett.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
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Tim Moltzen of the Tigers is congratulated by teammate Liam Fulton against the Warriors at Leichhardt Oval.
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Bill Tupou of the Warriors scores a try against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
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Ben Henry of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
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Feleti Mateo of the Warriors is tackled against the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
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Russell Packer of the Warriors charges forward against the Melbourne Storm.
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Alehana Mara of the Warriors makes a break in their against the Melbourne Storm.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors makes a break in their against the Melbourne Storm.
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Simon Mannering of the Warriors walks the team off before their game with the Melbourne Storm.
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Ben Matulino of the Warriors charges forward during their game with the Melbourne Storm.
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Kevin Locke of the Warriors is tackled during their match against the Penrith Panthers.
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Kevin Locke of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try during their match against the Penrith Panthers.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors runs the ball during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
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Alemana Mara of the Warriors runs the ball during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors celebrates scoring a try during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
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James Maloney of the Warriors is congratulated by his team mates after scoring a try during their game against the Penrith Panthers.
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Fullback Kevin Locke on the charge during the Warriors' game against Cronulla Sharks.
Jeff Robson
Jeff Robson is congratulated by team-mates after scoring the winning try for Cronulla against the Warriors.
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Kevin Locke is taken in a head-high tackle.
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Elijah Taylor (centre) and Ben Henry tackle Josh Bakuya of the Cronulla Sharks.
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Konrad Hurrell of the Warriors dives over to score a try against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Shaun Johnson of the Warriors makes a break against the North Queensland Cowboys.
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Sione Lousi of the Warriors offloads the ball against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Russell Packer of the Warriors charges forward against the North Queensland Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Ashton Sims of the Cowboys shows his disappointment after Nathan Friend of the Warriros scored.
Konrad Hurrell
Konrad Hurrell breaks through the tackle of Jamal Idris of the Titans.
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Konrad Hurrell celebrates one of his three tries against the Titans.
Jacob Lillyman
Jacob Lillyman runs into a wall of Gold Coast players.
Shaun Johnson
Shaun Johnson dives over for a try in the Warriors win over the Titans.
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Steve Rapira of the Warriors is picked up by the defence of Matt Gillett of the Broncos.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is wrapped up by the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
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Nathan Friend of the Warriors attempts to break through the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
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Feleti Mateo of the Warriors takes on the Brisbane Broncos' defence.
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Elijah Taylor of the Warriors in action against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
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Jorge Taufua of the Sea Eagles runs the line against the Warriors at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
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Feleti Mateo is tackled on the line against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
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Kevin Locke celebrates his opening try against the Manly Sea Eagles at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
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Shaun Johnson steps through the tackle of Darius Boyd while on his way to an early try during the Warriors' match against the Knights.
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Knights players celebrate after their win over the Warriors.
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Bill Tupou, Carlos Tuimavave, Kevin Locke and Elijah Taylor of the Warriors show their disappointment in performance against the Cronulla Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Andrew Fifita of the Sharks scores a tryagainst the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
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James Maloney of the Warriors is taken from the field with a knee injury against the Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors is caught between the legs of Nathan Stapleton of the Sharks at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Colin Best of the Sharks fends off James Maloney of the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Aaron Payne of the Cowboys scores a try past Nathan Friend and Carlos Tuimavave of the Warriors.
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Nathan Friend of the Warriors holds his hand to his face against the North Queensland Cowboys.
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Ashley Graham of the Cowboys celebrates his third try of the match against the Warriors with Antonio Winterstein and Glenn Hall of the Cowboys.
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The Warriors stand in goal waiting a for a conversion during their match against the North Queensland Cowboys.
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The Warriors stand in goal waiting a for a conversion during their match against the North Queensland Cowboys.
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Shaun Johnson of the Warriors is tackled against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Sebastine Ikahihifo of the Warriors (L) shows his disappointment as the Panthers celebrate a winning try at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Sam McKendry of the Panthers is tackled against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Lewis Brown of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Russell Packer of the Warriors is tackled against the Penrith Panthers at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Lachlan Coote of the Panthers passes against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Michael Luck fans show their support for his last game as the Warriors take on the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Josh McCrone of the Raiders in action against the New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Feleti Mateo of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Michael Luck of the Warriors reflects after their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.
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Ben Matulino of the Warriors scores a try during their loss to the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium.

Last weekend, the Warriors had their darkest day. In Townsville, they had their darkest night.

And it was incredibly painful to watch, as the Warriors went down 52-10 to a rampant Cowboys side, inflicting a defeat that sits up there with the club's worst.

Brian McClennan's chronically inexperienced team was utterly dreadful in the nine-try rout.

Feleti Mateo
WELL BEATEN: A dejected Feleti Mateo reflects on the Warriors 52-10 loss to the Cowboys.

Offering little in attack and prone on defence, the Warriors, who have now lost five on the trot and have officially ended their top eight aspirations, seemed rudderless, leaderless and incapable of mounting anything resembling a period of pressure on the Cowboys.

Make no mistake, the Cowboys, led by the mercurial Jonathan Thurston and Matt Bowen, were in sublime form, but any side that leaks four tries in the first 20 minutes is deserving of a towelling.

Indeed, on an evening when gutsy Kiwi kayaker Lisa Carrington was creating history in London, the Warriors were putting in a performance little better than that of infamous Olympic swimmer Eric the Eel.

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It looked like men versus boys for large parts of the match, because, essentially it was.

Shaved of so much experience this season through injury, McClennan has been forced to promote youngsters to fill crucial spots in the playing roster.

And while promise exists in the likes of Sam Lousi, Carlos Tuimavave and Konrad Hurrell, the Warriors have turned into a largely toothless beast this season.

The signing of Storm second rower Todd Lowrie, does little to inspire the fanbase that good times are ahead next season.

From the outset, things were going to be tough for the Warriors against a team they hadn't beaten in Townsville since 2002.

Coming off the back of their 45-4 embarrassment by the Sharks last weekend, the side had been shorn of hard-working prop Ben Matulino, and remained without skipper Simon Mannering.

And while injured standoff James Maloney was included late on, back rower Elijah Taylor missed out, travelling back to Auckland after learning about the death of his father, Ron.

After a sublime opening set by the visitors, early momentum was spoiled when Hurrell shoulder-charged Cowboys opposition number, Kane Linnett.

From the resulting set, the Cowboys powered up field and got their first points on the board when Bowen crossed the line, following his own grubber, that was cleverly tipped to him from former Warrior, Brent Tate.

Winger Ashley Graham would be the next to profit five minutes later as the Warriors defence proved wafer thin, with Tate again the supplier.

The visitors mounted their first raid, but on a Shaun Johnson bomb, Bowen was able to wrestle the ball from the arms of giant winger Manu Vatuvei.

Three tackles later and former Kiwi Antonio Winterstein was rocketing down the left hand touch for the Cowboys' third.

Graham would grab his second, and while Tuimavave crossed late in the half for the Warriors, there was little hope of a comeback for the visitors.

It would only take four minutes for the massacre to continue in the second stanza, when Linnett crossed.

Graham would complete his hat trick, while Gavin Cooper, Brent Tate and Aaron Payne would also cross the chalk to rub it in.

Vatuvei would score in the final seconds of the match, notching his 100th try for the club, but it will not be one he will want to remember, in an embarrassing team display.

The pain didn't end at the final score line for the Warriors, with Kevin Locke leaving the match halfway through the first half with a high ankle sprain.

North Queensland Cowboys 52 (A Graham 3 M Bowen G Cooper K Linnett A Payne B Tate A Winterstein tries J Thurston 8 goals) NZ Warriors 12 (C Tuimavave M Vatuvei tries J Maloney 2 goals) at Dairy Farmers Stadium. Referee: Chris James, Ashley Klein. Crowd: 13,616

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