Full Time
80:00
6:00pm Fri July 27, 2018
Round 20 - 1300SMILES Stadium - Crowd: 11709
80min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston's conversion attempt is waved away. 32 seconds remaining

Cowboys lead Cowboys 20 - 18 Knights
79min

Knights attempted a shot kick off but can't regather. Cowboys hold on to win.

78min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Gavin Cooper. Kick to come.

Cooper receives what looked like a forward pass from Martin and then runs 15m to score the matchwinner!

Cowboys lead Cowboys 20 - 18 Knights
77min

Cowboys look enterprising, Clifford's grubber is a Slater style drop kick that does nothing and the Knights claim the ball.

75min

SCRUM COWBOYS - SKD takes a hit up and drops the ball, somehow.

74min

Another Knights set in the second half ends without looking threatening

72min

DROP OUT COWBOYS - Pearce grubbers into the Cowboys ingoal and the ball is swatted dead by Feldt.

70min

Cowboys get over halfway before Thurston knocks on and the Knights clean up.

69min

Ponga attempts a quick catch and pass that goes behind his team mates and O'Neill dives on the loose ball.

68min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Knights end a pretty dire set with a kick that Feldt knocks on, 10m from his own line.

67min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Feldt gives away a penalty on the last tackle, 10m from his own line.

65min

Taumalolo loses the ball in a tackle. Knights clean up, 40mk from their own line.

64min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - McLean loses control of the ball in the tackle.

62min

A Cowboys grubber very nearly provides a try for O'Neill, but he knocks it on in a tough attempt.

59min

SCRUM COWBOYS - Knights with a turnover off the scrum.

59min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Clifford finds touch, just. Very nearly went out on the full.

57min

Martin ends the Cowboys set with a high kick that goes out on the full.

56min

Ponga sends a long ball to Sio, except Sio wasn't there and the ball goes dead.

55min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - They take the quick tap and move into the Cowboys 40m

55min

Hampton being helped off the field, he's not looking real healthy.

55min

Hampton makes a break, slips over and cops an accidental knee in the back from Ponga

55min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston kicks the goal from wide on the left side.

Knights lead Cowboys 16 - 18 Knights
54min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Johnathan Thurston. Kick to come.

O'Neill breaks down the left sideline then grubbers back infield and Thurston regathers to score.

Knights lead Cowboys 14 - 18 Knights
52min

Conversion: Cowboys
Attempted by Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston from right of the posts and has a shocker of a kick.

Knights lead Cowboys 10 - 18 Knights
51min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Coen Hess. Kick to come.

Thurston hits the lead runner Hess, who barges over to score a strong try.

Knights lead Cowboys 10 - 18 Knights
48min

Bolton gets himself across the line but has been held up.

46min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Cooper's shocking night goes from bad to worse as he ruins a play on the Knights line.

45min

PENALTY COWBOYS - Knights give away another penalty on their line

44min

PENALTY COWBOYS - Cowboys now with a full set inside the Knights 30m

43min

SCRUM COWBOYS - A rushed Forward pass from Pearce. Scrums near halfway.

41min

Both sides taking solid opening sets apiece.

40min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Cowboys with an illegal strip. Levi takes a quick tap and is brought down a metre from the try line.

38min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Cooper makes a meal of the play-the-ball. Knights will go right on the attack, the scrum being set just inside the Cowboys 40m

37min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Aaaaaaand the Cowboys drop the ball in the first play off the back of the scrum.

36min

SCRUM COWBOYS - Ross drops the ball cold on a raid down the left sideline

35min

Conversion: Knights
Attempted by Ken Sio.

Sio from out near the right sideline, just misses the goal.

Knights lead Cowboys 6 - 18 Knights
35min

Try: Knights
Scored by Lachlan Fitzgibbon. Kick to come.

Fitzgibbon scores a second try, as he receives the ball just outside Thurston's outside shoulder and he runs in for an easy try.

Knights lead Cowboys 6 - 18 Knights
33min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Linnett penalised for a shoulder charge

32min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Cowboys inside the ten

30min

Pearce's kick for touch just goes out on the full. Cowboys start their set on halfway.

26min

SCRUM COWBOYS - Ponga finds touch

23min

Penalty Goal: Knights
Kicked by Ken Sio.

Sio nails the penalty goal

Knights lead Cowboys 6 - 14 Knights
22min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Asiata gives away a cheap penalty.

21min

Asiata drops the ball on his own line after the restart. Knights straight on the attack.

20min

Conversion: Cowboys
Kicked by Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston converts splendidly from touch.

Knights lead Cowboys 6 - 12 Knights
19min

Try: Cowboys
Scored by Justin O'Neill. Kick to come.

Thurston capitalises on the extra man with a nice run around before sending a nice long pass to O'Neill who scores in the left corner.

Knights lead Cowboys 4 - 12 Knights
18min

Danny Levi has almost left the field.

17min

PENALTY - Levi gives away a penalty and has been marched for ten minutes.

16min

Thurston gives O'Neill half a sniff at the try line, but Mata'utia and Ponga put him into touch.

15min

PENALTY COWBOYS - Knights get a warning

15min

Hess gets held up in goal. Mitch Pearce is getting some tape around the head, harking back to his old man

15min

PENALTY COWBOYS - Knights give away another in quick session.

14min

PENALTY COWBOYS - The Cowboys starting to pile on the pressure.

13min

DROP OUT KNIGHTS - Ponga allows a bomb to bounce, the Cowboys bat it back and swing the ball left. A late grubber is taken dead by Cogger.

10min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Ken Sio.

Sio throws another easy goal over the bar.

Knights lead Cowboys 0 - 12 Knights
10min

Try: Knights
Scored by Aidan Guerra. Kick to come.

Levi with a stunning quick, short ball from dummy half and it hits Guerra who strolls through a feeble defensive effort, to score under the posts.

Knights lead Cowboys 0 - 10 Knights
9min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Clifford pinged for having his hand on the ball in the play-the-ball.

8min

PENALTY KNIGHTS - Cowboys holding down too long. They take a quick tap and are now 15m away from the tryline.

7min

SCRUM KNIGHTS - Thurston takes on the line with no real intent and loses the ball, 40m from his own line.

5min

SCRUM COWBOYS - Ponga throws a dummy and runs straight through the Cowboys line. He makes 40 metres before linking with Barnett who lost the ball as he was tackled.

4min

Conversion: Knights
Kicked by Ken Sio.

Sio slots the goal from right in front.

Knights lead Cowboys 0 - 6 Knights
3min

Try: Knights
Scored by Lachlan Fitzgibbon. Kick to come.

Fitzgibbon breaks through on the right side after receiving a nice late pass from Cogger. He then shapes to pass before stepping infield to beat the Martin and go over for a try under the posts.

Knights lead Cowboys 0 - 4 Knights
2min

DROP OUT COWBOYS - Pearce kicks early and the ball sits up in the Cowboys in-goal. Martin cleans up but is trapped in his own in-goal

PENALTY KNIGHTS - And it's taken just 39 seconds and the Knights have the first penalty of the game. Taumalolo with an illegal strip. Knights start their next set 40m from the Cowboys line.

Referees & scorers:

Referees: Henry Perenara, Jon Stone

Touch Judges: Dave Munro, Belinda Sleeman

Video Referee: Steve Chiddy, Luke Patten

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS (20)
Tries: Justin O'Neill, Johnathan Thurston, Coen Hess, Gavin Cooper
Field Goals:
Conversions: Johnathan Thurston (2/4)
Penalty Goals:

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS (18)
Tries: Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2), Aidan Guerra
Field Goals:
Conversions: Ken Sio (2/3)
Penalty Goals: Ken Sio (1/1)