North Queensland Cowboys
CHRIS DUTTON Former Canberra Raiders coach calls for refereeing consistency in the NRL finals.
PHIL GOULD What an extraordinary game we witnessed on Friday night between the Roosters and the Cowboys – so many talking points.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO The NRL has backed the decision to deny North Queensland the match-winning try in Friday night’s thriller at Allianz Stadium.
BRAD WALTER North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston admitted he was "filthy", but refused to blame a controversial refereeing call that cost him a try in the final minute for Friday night's 31-30 semi-final loss to Sydney Roosters.
BRAD WALTER More than 60,000 fans are expected to pack ANZ Stadium next Friday night for the biggest game between arch-rivals Sydney Roosters and South Sydney in 76 years.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS For the third consecutive year, the North Queensland Cowboys have been bundled out of the finals in scenes of disbelief after a controversial refereeing decision denied them of the match-winning try.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS In four of the opening finals games, teams have rushed to big leads only for the opposition to claw their way back.
CHRIS WILSON Former Raiders coach David Furner says he's been revived by a successful season at the Cowboys.
PHIL LUTTON Brent Tate says the Cowboys will take an 'us versus them' mentality into their elimination final against the Roosters but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has warned North Queensland not to let a week of off-field turblence unsettle their performance.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has launched a withering attack on North Queensland's attempts to create a siege mentality before Friday's NRL semi-final clash with the premiers at Allianz Stadium.
PHIL LUTTON That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.
BRAD WALTER North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston will head into Friday night's elimination final against Sydney Roosters with renewed confidence after being voted by his peers as the best player at club and representative level.
PHIL LUTTON An explosive afternoon has seen the NRL slap down North Queensland with a $10,000 fine, only hours after Cowboys coach Paul Green declared he had "no faith" in rugby league officialdom.
PHIL LUTTON North Queensland has been dealt a blow ahead of their knockout final against the Roosters, with backrower Tariq Sims lodging an early guilty plea and copping a five-week suspension for his shoulder charge on Justin Hodges.
BRAD WALTER Sydney Roosters players admit North Queensland coach Paul Green knows exactly how they play from his time with the premiers last season and predict that Friday night's semi-final at Allianz Stadium will be a battle between two near-identical defensive structures.
North Queensland forward Tariq Sims' season could be over after being hit with a grade three shoulder charge by the judiciary - a sanction that carries at least a five-match ban.
PHIL LUTTON North Queensland are hoping the NRL match review comittee will view Tariq Sims' collision with Justin Hodges as a 'head clash' and not a late shoulder charge as the backrow enforcer tries to book his spot against the Roosters.
STEVE MASCORD Brisbane co-captain Justin Hodges says “hopefully” rival Tariq Sims is not suspended for a late challenge on him – but also that he doesn’t care.
STEVE MASCORD Captain Johnathan Thurston has warned North Queensland will be no match for Sydney Roosters in next week’s preliminary semi-final if they repeat the black spot that allowed Brisbane back into their play-off match.
STEVE MASCORD North Queensland survived a bolting Brisbane Broncos second-half revival to set up an appointment next weekend with the premiers – but their gun second-rower Tariq Sims may not be there.
PHIL LUTTON In the months after North Queensland's controversial exit from the NRL finals last season, a special package arrived at the front desk of Rugby League Central in Sydney.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Johnathan Thurston believes his Cowboys are owed a little bit of luck from the "footy gods" after controversial referee decisions contributed to North Queensland's finals exits in consecutive seasons.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Leading into Friday night's do-or-die showdown with the Sydney Roosters, Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston tells Michael Chammas about how he advised on Neil Henry, why he turned down the opportunity to join the Panthers and how the pursuit of another premiership is driving him in his final years.
STEVE MASCORD The JJ Giltinan Shield did not make the trip to Townsville for Manly's tilt at the minor premiership - and it's just as well. The venerable trophy is now staying where it's been for the last 12 months: on the Sydney Roosters' mantelpiece.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS North Queensland Cowboys v Manly Sea Eagles at 1300SMILES Stadium, Saturday, 7.30pm
Brent Tate's decorated and courageous rugby league career is over.
STEVE MASCORD North Queensland coach Paul Green has revealed a flu epidemic ripped through his team in the lead-up to the unexpectedly gripping golden point win over Cronulla.
STEVE MASCORD We probably shouldn’t have been so dismissive of a club that came back from 22-0 down to win – and then from 24-0 to repeat the trick the following week earlier this season.
North Queensland have been fined $20,000 for breaching concussion guidelines, prompting an NRL warning to clubs who put their players at risk ahead of what looms as a brutal finals series.
DOMINIC BOSSI South Sydney blew the opportunity to move into pole position and grasp one hand on the minor premiership after slumping to a disappointing loss at home to a rampant North Queensland Cowboys.