North Queensland skipper Jason Taumalolo has achieved his speaking on the sphere because the Cowboys bounced again with a complete 26-6 NRL victory over Canberra.
Three unanswered tries within the second half to Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Kyle Feldt and Jeremiah Nanai propelled the hosts to victory because the error-strewn Raiders struggled to compete in Townsville on Saturday night time.
It was a terrific response by Todd Payten’s aspect after their season-opening 6-4 loss to Canterbury.
The North Queensland Cowboys received 26-6 in opposition to the Raiders in Townsville
It was the proper response to a disappointing loss to the Bulldogs in Spherical 1
And it was led by Taumalolo – the topic of a lot hypothesis about his relationship with Payten in the course of the week – who rampaged by way of the center on his solution to 141 working metres and two sort out busts.
‘Final week was all about clearly blowing out the cobwebs and attempting to get the motor going and tonight I felt quite a bit higher,’ Taumalolo mentioned after the win.
‘And clearly with the surface noise it was a little bit of a “poke the bear” second for me.
‘I’m simply constructing every week and hopefully I can enhance with each spherical going into the subsequent 25 rounds.’
Jason Taumalolo (centre) shone because the Cowboys strolled previous the Raiders on Saturday
The North Queensland skipper was again to his greatest after an nameless show in Spherical 1
The skipper was again to his bullocking greatest laying the platform by way of the center because the Cowboys dominated the metre rely 1407 to 841.
The one blight on their efficiency was dropping edge ahead Mitch Dunn to a suspected ACL damage when he went down with out contact within the first half.
Canberra accomplished simply 61 per cent of their units because the Cowboys suffocated the Raiders on defence and dominated possession, one thing coach Ricky Stuart mentioned they introduced onto themselves.
‘When you will have much less soccer, full much less units and make extra errors than your opposition it may be very arduous to win. And we made it very, very troublesome for ourselves tonight in that regard,’ he mentioned.
The Raiders got here crashing again all the way down to earth following final week’s win
Canberra accomplished simply 61 per cent of their units and struggled to maintain possession
That subject was highlighted within the fifty fifth minute, when Feldt’s kick return received the Cowboys precious metres out from his personal line as his aspect went the size of the sphere of their set.
On the fifth sort out Chad Townsend kicked to the left edge and Tabuai-Fidow soared over his reverse quantity to collect and break away, contorting by way of Hudson Younger’s sort out to achieve out and rating.
The Cowboys had been quickly in once more when Jake Granville’s sloppy dummy-half go hit the deck and Peta Hiku had the presence of thoughts to kick the ball by way of and it sat up completely for Feldt to attain his first attempt of the season.
Tom Dearden’s excessive kick on the subsequent set then discovered a flying Nanai, with the 19-year-old leaping to collect and rating underneath the posts to ice the sport with eight minutes to play.
The Cowboys dominated the metre rely 1407 to 841 of their conflict in opposition to Canberra
Scoring 4 tries to at least one in a lopsided affair in Townswille to win their first sport of the season
However they misplaced star ahead Mitchell Dunn (centre) to a suspected ACL damage
Their dominant second half was off the again of sustained strain within the opening time period as Murray Taulagi tipped-toed down the sideline to open their account within the sixth minute.
After solely scoring 4 factors in spherical one, the message was clear in North Queensland’s camp to take any factors on supply, they usually did with Valentine Holmes kicking two penalties to maintain the scoreboard ticking.
However within the thirty first minute the Raiders discovered a crack within the Cowboys’ line of defense as Corey Harawira-Naera fought by way of 4 tacklers close to the road to attain earlier than changing.
That will be their solely factors of the night time because the hosts held their opposition to 6 for consecutive video games.