Warriors crushed by Cowboys
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 11:31p.m.
By John Marsh
The Warriors' NRL finals hopes were ruthlessly crushed 52-12 by a North Queensland team in which former bit-part player Michael Morgan was the driving force.
The 20-year-old has traditionally covered for Australian Test star Johnathan Thurston when the Cowboys captain is on representative duty, but the apprentice managed to shade the master in the nine-try thrashing on Saturday night.
Cowboys prop James Tamou (ankle) and interchange player Ray Thompson (shoulder) copped minor knocks in the first half and such was their team's dominance, neither was required to return.
Winger Ashley Graham returned to the top of the NRL try-scorer's list with a hat-trick in the nine-try belting.
For Brian McClennan's side, needing victory to remain in the finals race, it was a dismal performance which challenged the previous week's 45-4 loss to Cronulla as the club's darkest day of the year.
After leading two matches against Newcastle and Manly by 18 points only to lose, they have conceded 97 points in their past two matches.
The Aucklanders gave themselves the slightest hope of revival with second-gamer Carlos Tuimavave's 38th-minute try, but then returned to their tackle-shy ways after the break.
Centre Kane Linnett scythed his way through the defence in the 44th minute, Morgan laid the foundations for second rower Gavin Cooper to cross in the 47th and Morgan's pass put centre Brent Tate over in the 52nd.
Even at 40-6 up with two reserves on the bench, the Cowboys weren't finished shooting.
Hooker Aaron Payne scored from close range in the 62nd minute and then Ashley Graham completed his hat-trick in the 68th.
The Warriors lost lock Elijah Taylor before kick-off when he returned to New Zealand following the death of his father.
They managed a consolation try, via winger Manu Vatuvei, in the final minute.
The contest was as good as over when North Queensland scored four tries in the opening 19 minutes to lead 22-0.
While the performance was worthy of a top four side, wins at the weekend to Melbourne and Manly prevented the Cowboys returning to that company.
Warrior Kevin Locke left the field with a serious ankle injury during the first half.
Post a Comment
Before commenting, please take the time to read our moderation guide
(Won't be published)
12/08/2012 10:44:30 a.m.
Ainsley Pirihi wrote:
I heard an ad on niu fm stating the warriors were dominated by tongans. Wouldnt it be a good time to lose some of these overrated players.
12/08/2012 1:22:58 a.m.
eddie tagaloa wrote:
When it rains it pours....too many under 20yr olds not enough experienced players they just seem to be over there on holiday wherever there minds or heads were it certainly was not in the game... RIP WARRIORS every year the same so much with having faith in this team...bluey you are out of your depth why? don't you use some of those vulcan players? too much buddy bro with these guys time to bite the bullet and demote some of these players down to the vulcans...not looking forward to 2013 hopefully I will be proven wrong
12/08/2012 12:03:05 a.m.
Hard to believe nrl finalist last year to this! Man some things not right in the camp!!
This special bit of skill comes from the Memorial Cup match ...
Ross Turnbull’s son, Josh, dribbled away with a ball from a ...
Warriors CEO Wayne Scurrah has said that all contracts are o...
It's been 14 years since sport's greatest entertainers, the ...
Kiwi BMX queen Sarah Walker has had two months back on the b...
Copyright © 2013 MediaWorks TV. All Rights Reserved.