Cowboy crushing a bulldog in Bundaberg

North Queensland strengthened their NRL run into the top two with a 28-14 win over Canterbury in Bundaberg.

The Bulldogs, chasing a third straight win under interim coach Mick Potter, tested the second-placed Cowboys for most of the contest before running out of gas on a warm day in subtropical Queensland.

They took a 14–12 lead when Jacob Killers surged above Scott Drinkwater and set up Kyle Flanagan early in the second half.

Jason Taumarollo, Luciano Leirua and Ruben Cotter made a strong break through the middle with the wind at their backs, sucking two, three and sometimes four tacklers into the ruck and opening up space on the edges.

Leilua was profitable first on the left end as he charged past three tacklers in the 63rd minute and scored his first try in the Cowboys’ colors.

Reese Robson flew off the ruck in the 69th minute after a barnstorm by Cotter for a Cross by Drinkwater.

Drinkwater then completed his second double in consecutive weeks, the Bulldogs’ goal line defense opening to fullback and scoring the Cowboys’ third in 10 minutes.

While Drinkwater continued to perform well, it was Todd Payten’s interchange forward who did the damage.

They got away with a late result, but Sunday’s contest didn’t start easily for the Cowboys.

Holmes started the match full on kick-off and Canterbury’s first attacking set was successful when Matt Burton grabbed Josh Addker.

The Bulldogs then bravely defended their line as North Queensland edged in with 60 per cent ball possession in the 15 minutes.

A miscontact by Tauma Marolo gave the Bulldogs another offensive set, this time from a central scrum, with Burton on Hiku’s outside shoulder to score his second in the 20th minute.

But Addo-Carr’s penalty and some weak middle defense rolled the Cowboys, and Neame beat Canterbury’s defense in the 30th minute.

He rushed into a quick play-the-ball for a second try before his side attacked again when Chad Townsend and Leilua paired up to score the first try of the season.

North Queensland enjoyed better territory, possession and run meter in the face of winds in the first half. They attempted a field goal to take a thin lead to the sheds, but Townsend missed to the left, leaving them 10–10 at halftime.

Cowboy crushing a bulldog in Bundaberg

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