Rugby League

North Queensland Cowboys

Graham on edge after high shot as Sharks sink Cowboys

Wrapped up: Matt Prior of the Sharks is tackled at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

NSW debutant-in-waiting Wade Graham faces an anxious wait over whether he will be granted a State of Origin debut after collaring Johnathan Thurston with a high shot in a controversial Sharks win over premiers North Queensland at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Monday night.

Tamou to leave Cowboys

Saying farewell: James Tamou celebrates with fans after victory in the 2015 NRL grand final.

Premiership-winning front-rower James Tamou will leave North Queensland for family reasons, his manager has confirmed.

Cowboys stars back up, belt Knights

Powering through: James Tamou of the Cowboys.

North Queensland have shown they won't be derailed by the difficult State of Origin period, with a comprehensive 46-16 NRL defeat of cellar dwellers Newcastle.

Dragons edge depleted Cowboys

Making the extra man: Gareth Widdop gets one away in the tackle.

In the shadow of State of Origin, St George Illawarra edged past an under-strength NRL premiers at WIN Stadium on Saturday night.

Tamou puts infected butt cheek behind him

Pain away: James Tamou in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.

James Tamou was in a Townsville hospital bed when Laurie Daley announced his NSW team for game one on Monday, suffering from more pain with an infected butt cheek than he did when a bulging disc in his neck threatened his career.

Melbourne arrive as title contenders

Unstoppable force: Tohu Harris touches down for the Storm.

Anyone who thought the NRL premiership was a two-horse race between Brisbane and North Queensland may have to adjust their predictions after Melbourne's superb one-point win over the Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium.

'Lyon should be nominated for a BAFTA'

Lampooned: Jamie Lyon scores a try at Brookvale Oval on Saturday night.

North Queensland coach Paul Green has mocked retiring Manly captain Jamie Lyon for taking a swan dive that appeared to play a role in the premiers being denied a try for obstruction.

Coote stars as Cowboys beat Eels

Eye-catching display: Lachlan Coote.

Lachlan Coote has put his hand up for a maiden NSW State of Origin jersey after leading North Queensland to a 32-16 NRL win over fellow title contenders Parramatta.

The tactic helping Cowboys steamroll opponents

Barnstorming: James Tamou.

The reduction in the number of interchanges was meant to open the game up for little men to take advantage of tiring defences but Cowboys coach Paul Green has turned that idea on its head

Impressive Cowboys wallop halpess Rabbitohs

Playing like premiers: The Cowboys celebrate one of many tries against Souths.

South Sydney have copped a drubbing by North Queensland, and to add injury to insult, a dazed Greg Inglis was forced to leave the field after copping a high shot in the Rabbitohs' 44-18 NRL loss in Townsville.

Merrin accused of diving as Cowboys snatch win

Tight tussle:  Cowboys players celebrate a try during their 23-18 win over the Panthers.

North Queensland captain Matt Scott revealed Penrith forward Trent Merrin had admitted taking a dive to receive a penalty as the Panthers unsuccessfully battled to avoid another heartbreaking loss.