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Cowboys trounce Bulldogs in tryfest

By Wayne Heming 27/05/2005 09:55:57 PM Comments (0)

North Queensland proved they could back up from State of Origin with a runaway 48-12 win over the Bulldogs on an historic night for rugby league on the Gold Coast.

Hours after the NRL confirmed a Gold Coast team would play in the 2007 premiership, a full house of more than 21,000 packed into Carrara Stadium for a game that had plenty of its own State of Origin atmosphere.

And the stars of the show were the Cowboys' Origin stars, Matt Bowen, Ty Williams and Johnathan Thurston who featured prominently in the victory.

Williams scored two tries, Bowen one, while Thurston, who injured himself midway through the second half, finished with 12 points from a try and four goals.

The game was locked at 12-all at half time after Thurston's solo try just before the break.

The second half, in which the Cowboys kept the Bulldogs scoreless, started sensationally.

Williams finished off a 100-metre try after the Bulldogs threatened to score at the other end from the kick off.

Bulldogs skipper Andrew Ryan made a searching break deep into Cowboys territory to put his side on the attack.

But Matt Bowen, the hero of Queensland's 24-20 Origin win, gathered a Brent Sherwin grubber on his try line and took off down field with Williams in support.

Things got worse for the Dogs a few minutes later and again it was the little man Bowen.

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