North Queensland Cowboys

Morgan's loss costly but Cowboys can soldier on in NRL finals

Phil Lutton   That time of year: Michael Morgan could miss the entire finals series.

No judgement can be made on NRL TV deal until the money is in the bank

Phil Gould

Phil Gould   The jury is still out on Dave Smith, but he needs the chance to deliver.

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All the injury and suspension news for top-eight contenders

Hamstrung: Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce.

Michael Carayannis   All the injury and suspension news for the top eight candidates.

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Injuries hit top teams but news good for Inglis

Sad sight for Rabbitohs fans: Greg Inglis struggling wth a knee injury during his side's loss to Canterbury.

Brad Walter   It was feared he could spend a long period on the sidelines, but South Sydney's talisman is set for a quickfire return.

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Cowboys sweat on pair after resounding win

Road warriors: Johnathan Thurston and the Cowoboys are on the verge of something special.

David Long and Steve Mascord   The seasons of North Queensland representative stars James Tamou and Michael Morgan hang in the balance after the Cowboys scored 50 unanswered points against the Warriors.

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Green unhappy with refs for creating 'stop-start' game

Roped in: The Cowboys have retained the services of coach Paul Green.

Tom Decent   North Queensland coach Paul Green has criticised referees Ben Cummins and Gavin Badger for blowing too many penalties in the Cowboys 31-18 loss to the Souths, something he says affected his side's ability to gain any momentum.

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South Sydney upset North Queensland Cowboys 31-18 in Townsville

Bunnies jump for joy: The Rabbitohs celebrate a try in their win over North Queensland.

Tom Decent   South Sydney have made statement to the rest of the competition and showed their genuine premiership credentials with a hard-fought 13-point win over the North Queensland Cowboys in their own backyard.

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Reynolds ready to stand up for Souths against game's premier halfback

Surrounded: Adam Reynolds will take on Johnathan Thurston on Thursday night in Townsville.

Tom Decent   Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds knows just how important his role is if Souths are to emulate their premiership success, and a match-up against the world's best halfback in Johnathan Thurston is the perfect way to make amends for a drubbing at the hands of Manly last week.

Gallen's ref criticism not a good look

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord   If a coach said at a post-match media conference he wanted a match official to "ref it even", he would be fined for implying bias.

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Matulino shoulder charge may end his season

In strife: Ben Matulino.

Brad Walter   Willie Mason and Jayson Bukuya are expected to be cleared of illegal shoulder charges but Ben Matulino's season may be all but over.

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Cronulla Sharks push for top four spot with 30-18 win against North Queensland Cowboys

Statement:  Ricky Leutele of the Sharks crosses despite some considerable defensive attention.

Michael Carayannis   Dare to dream Sharks fans. This time last year the Sharks were on the brink of capitulation. No sponsors, banned players and coaches before finishing with the wooden spoon.

NRL top four battle to heat up

It's a race in four: The minor premiership battle.

Ed Jackson, Vince Rugari, Steve Zemek and James MacSmith   They haven't met since May but something is going to have to give in the NRL's top four over the next month. Brisbane, North Queensland, the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney have all emerged as the best teams in the land heading into the finals.

NRL needs clarity on shoulder charge

Phil Gould

Phil Gould   What should we make of the shoulder charge no charge?

Raiders player made to drive home from Townsville

Sia Soliola was forced to drive home from far north Queensland after breaking his cheekbone.

Jon Tuxworth   Most of the Raiders were happy to be on a flight home on Sunday. One player's return took a little longer.

Raiders start strong, but Cowboys power home

Antonio Winterstein of the Cowboys scores a try.

Lee Gaskin   The Raiders had the NRL's hottest team on the ropes before the North Queensland Cowboys stormed back to extend Canberra's Townsville misery.

Thurston's miracle pass sparks Cowboys comeback

Johnathan Thurston was at his dynamic best again.

Lee Gaskin   Five key talking points from the Raiders' loss to the Cowboys, including Johnathan Thurston overcoming a leg injury to throw a miracle pass.

Soliola expects Cowboys to use salary cap speculation as motivation

Paul Vaughan and Sia Soliola celebrate a try during the 34-24 win over the Panthers in round 20.

Lee Gaskin   Raiders forward Sia Soliola says public scrutiny of the Cowboys will only bring the team closer together.

Raiders don extra layers to replicate Townsville heat

Raiders players trained in beanies and compression clothing on Wednesday to get used to the Townsville climate.

Lee Gaskin   Beanies are a must-have in every Canberra wardrobe to keep warm during a chilly winter, but the Raiders used theirs to prepare for the tropics of north Queensland.

Cowboys property deals in spotlight

Johnathan Thurston.

Kate McClymont, Stuart Goodman and Michael Carayannis   A string of North Queensland players, including star Johnathan Thurston, have purchased land and homes from the club's chairman.

Cowboys upset could set up march to finals, says Raider Josh Papalii

Josh Papalii models 'The Hulk' jersey the Raiders will wear against the Cowboys at media on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth   Joey Leilua may be the fresh face in the Canberra Raiders squad but he's already got one over his teammates - a win in Townsville.