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Live: North Queensland Cowboys v Penrith Panthers

Full-time: Cowboys 30-28 in a thriller. The win consolidates the Cowboys' place in the top four, while the 15th-placed Panthers slip to 3-8 this season. Bittersweet night for the Sims family. Log on to smh.com.au  or pick up a copy of The Sun-Herald tomorrow for all the latest league news. Thanks for joining me tonight.

79 min: Burns knocks on. Scrum, Cowboys feed.

78 min: Penrith find touch only 30m out from Cowboys line after a penalty.

75 min: Bowen converts from almost in front - Cowboys 30-28.

74 min: As far see-sawing struggles go, it doesn't get any better than this. The Cowboys level the scores after a try to Ashton Sims, yet another four-pointer coming from a kick. 28-all.

70 min: Walsh just off target with the kick.

69 min: The lead changes hands again when winger Josh Mansour, in only his third NRL game, scores in the corner. Panthers 28-24.

66 min: Walsh converts from the sideline. 24-all. Big finish coming up.

65 min: Razzle-dazzle play from the Panthers ends with a try to centre Brad Tighe in the right corner, only his second for the season. Cowboys 24-22.

59 min: Panthers go further behind after a Bowen penalty goal. Cowboys 24-18.

54 min: Austin converts - Cowboys 22-18.

52 min: A distraught Tariq Sims, the Blues' 18th man, is taken off the field in a medicab with a suspected broken leg after colliding with Penrith's Cameron Ciraldo. Terrible news for Sims and the Cowboys. Moments later, Burns scores for the Panthers. Cowboys 22-16.

50 min: Bowen is on target again with the kick - Cowboys 22-12.

48 min: Cowboys go further ahead with a try to former Panther Gavin Cooper after a pinpoint grubber kick from five-eighth Michael Morgan.

44 min: Bowen converts - Cowboys 16-12.

42 min: The Cowboys make the Panthers pay as Antonio Winterstein plucks a Bowen bomb out of the air and stretches out to score. Cowboys 14-12.

41 min: The second half is barely 30 seconds old and the Panthers have already knocked on. Not good.

Half-time: Panthers 12-10. This truly is anyone's game but I favour the Cowboys if they improve their discipline (the Panthers lead the penalty count 6-3). No doubt coach Neil Henry will impress that upon them during the break.

34 min: Panthers knock on early in the tackle count, squandering a golden opportunity to extend their lead.

27 min: Austin puts Penrith back in front with a successful conversion. Panthers 12-10.

25 min: Lachlan Coote in for the Panthers, backing up a terrific break by rookie five-eighth Blake Austin. 10-all.

23 min: Panthers hold them out this time and work the ball out of their half.

20 min: Cowboys hooker Aaron Payne catches the Panthers off-side. More pressure coming up for the Panthers.

19 min: Bowen fails to convert from the sideline.

18 min: Cowboys are in again, right winger Ashley Graham finishing a slick back-line movement to score his 12th try of the season. Cowboys 10-6.

16 min: Bowen converts. 6-all.

14 min: Cowboys hit back with a try to fill-in captain Matt Bowen. Panthers 6-4.

13 min: Panthers under pressure after Walsh kicks out on the full.

8 min: Blake Austin adds the extras. Panthers 6-0.

7 min: Welcome back Luke Walsh! Clint Newton bursts onto his kick near the line and scores. Panthers 4-0.

4 min: Etu Uaisele releases the pressure on the Panthers by defusing a bomb from Matt Bowen.

3 min: Penalty to the Cowboys and they find touch about 40 metres out from the Panthers' line.

1 min: Panthers kick off.

Good evening all. Can the Cowboys win without Thurston and three other Origin stars or will the Panthers pick up where they left off on Monday night, when they defeated the Dragons in golden point? As that great rugby league tragic Bob Marley once said, only time will tell.

The Panthers have made one change to their original line-up with Luke Walsh returning from injury to play halfback instead of Travis "the Texas Terrier" Burns, who moves to the bench. Matt Robinson drops out of the 17. The Cowboys will be 1-17.

COWBOYS: Matthew Bowen, Ashley Graham, Antonio Winterstein, Kane Linnett, KalifaFaifai Loa, Michael Morgan, Ray Thompson, Ashton Sims, Aaron Payne, Glenn Hall, Gavin Cooper, Tariq Sims, Dallas Johnson. Interchange: James Segeyaro, Ricky Thorby, Scott Bolton, Jason Taumalolo, Cory Paterson.

PANTHERS: Lachlan Coote, Etu Uaisele, Geoff Daniela, Brad Tighe, Josh Mansour, Blake Austin, Luke Walsh, Sam McKendry, Kevin Kingston, Tim Grant, Clint Newton, Cameron Ciraldo, Ryan Simpkins. Interchange: Travis Burns, Danny Galea, Chris Armit, Dayne Weston.

Join me in about 20 minutes for all the action.

There's only one thing more predictable on a Saturday night than a Cowboys fixture -  and that's 'Sonny' Phil Mitchell's live blog.

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