North Queensland Cowboys

Cowboys outlast Tigers with points at a premium

Brad Walter   A 77th minute try by North Queensland winger Antonio Winterstein saved the Wests Tigers v Cowboys match at Campbelltown Stadium the embarrassment of being the lowest scoring match in 33 years.

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Family man Tamou's future up in the air

Family future: James Tamou considers his options.

Michael Carayannis   The Cowboys and Blues prop is unhappy at being away from his family, so where could he end up?

Perfect Cowboys make it seven straight

Wrapped up: Cowboys forward Ethan Lowe is tackled by Brisbane's Jack Reed and Anthony Milford.

Josh Alston   Brisbane were no match for perfection as North Queensland flexed their premiership muscle with a flawless completion rate in their 31-20 win over the Broncos on Friday night.

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Thurston stands in the company of greats

Leader of men: Johnathan Thurston takes the Cowboys out during the round eight NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium.

Phil Lutton   Thurston believes he and Cooper Cronk can remain the benchmark in the international game, even as they enter their early 30s.

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Thurston masterclass sinks Newcastle Knights

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by Tariq Sims of the Knights  during the round eight NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brett Keeble   North Queensland overcame the loss of two key players in the opening minutes to outlast Newcastle 26-24 in a topsy-turvy ANZAC Day battle at Hunter Stadium.

Granville late third lets Cowboys rope in runaway Warriors

Three times a winner: Jake Granville.

It was Johnathan Thurston's night, but Jake Granville stole the show.

Golden win gave Cowboys their groove back

Catalyst:  Bringing in Lachlan Coote helped the team.

Phil Lutton   Cowboys coach Paul Green must have felt like a man with the keys to a Lamborghini but no idea how to kick the thing into life.

Thurston masterclass propels Cowboys to win over Rabbitohs

High fives: Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston celebrates with his teammates after the try by Justin O'Neill.

Michael Chammas   The Rabbitohs opened the scoring just the second minute when David Tyrell crashed over from close range to register his second try in as many matches.

Green praises toughness of Thurston

Toughness personified: Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas   The skills of Johnathan Thurston came to the fore on Monday night but Cowboys coach Paul Green paid tribute to the toughness of his superstar skipper.

Live NRL: South Sydney Rabbitohs v North Queensland Cowboys

Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston.

Andrew Sonter   Can the Cowboys continue their recent good form against reigning premiers South Sydney?

GI v JT: NRL superstars in head-to-head duel

Position shift: Greg Inglis may line up at five-eighth on Monday night.

Brad Walter   North Queensland players are preparing for Greg Inglis to start at five-eighth for the first time since 2011 in a move that would not only set up a mouth watering personal duel with Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston but may help determine the future of Alex Johnston at the Rabbitohs.

Cleary's young Panthers get reality check

Show time: Johnathan Thurston and Michael Morgan congratulate Ethan Lowe after his try against the Panthers.

Michael Chammas   The Panthers have relied heavily on the rapid development of the club's youth but after three straight losses coach Ivan Cleary believes they are finding out the NRL is "not all beer and skittles".

Cowboys down Storm in golden-point thriller

Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys celebrates after kicking the winning field goal against the Storm on Monday night.

Roy Ward   Johnathan Thurston's field goal steals a win from the Storm in extra time.

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Thurston the match-winner as Cowboys edge out Storm

Victory: Johnathan Thurston celebrates after kicking the winning field goal in extra time for the North Queensland Cowboys to beat the Melbourne Storm at 1300SMILES Stadium in Townsville.

Roy Ward   North Queensland have broken their duck for the NRL season after Johnathan Thurston carried them to a dramatic one-point win in extra time against the Melbourne Storm in Townsville.

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Right now, it's hard not to talk about referees

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Phil Gould   It's hard NOT to talk about rugby league referees

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Thurston says Cowboys' confidence 'shot' after three games

Down on confidence: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys.

Phil Lutton   The Cowboys' season may not be terminal just yet but their captain, Johnathan Thurston, admits their confidence has been shattered amid a three-game losing streak to start the NRL season.

Cowboys sink deeper after belting from Broncos

High flyer: Broncos fullback Jordan Kahu has his best game in the NRL.

Phil Lutton   Good judges would suggest the Cowboys have all the ingredients to be major challengers for the NRL premiership. Then the season started. Three games in, zero wins and the men from the north must now laugh at 61 years of history to be a factor in the finals.

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No need to protect 'drama queens', says Wayne Bennett

Critical of the integrity unit: Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett says people complaining about Newcastle's treatment of North Queensland playmaker Johnathan Thurston are "drama queens".

Thurston feared neck injury after Scott tackle

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by Matt Gillett of the Broncos during the NRL 1st Elimination Final match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Michael Carayannis   Johnathan Thurston feared he may have suffered a neck injury after being the victim of a dangerous tackle by Newcastle players and believes they should have known better considering the injury suffered by Alex McKinnon.

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Thurston calls open season on NRL halves

In the firing line: Johnathan Thurston.

Ed Jackson   North Queensland star Johnathan Thurston says it's "open slather" on the NRL's playmakers after the league failed to punish Newcastle enforcers Jeremy Smith and Beau Scott.