In a nutshell
North Queensland ended their three-game losing streak by putting in a commanding performance, restricting Newcastle to a solitary score and romping home by 26 points.
How it unfolded
7′ – Tyrone Roberts lands a penalty goal to put Newcastle in the lead.
19′ – Matthew Wright scores on his debut, snaring a well-placed Robert Lui kick and crossing out wide. Johnathan Thurston converts the tough kick: 6-2.
22′ – Brent Tate makes it two tries in three minutes after finishing off a move involving Robert Lui and Michael Morgan. Thurston misses the kick: 10-2.
28′ – Full-back Michael Morgan goes over for North Queensland’s third try with a great assist from Thurston, who converts to make it 16-2.
48′ – Morgan gets his second of the night after chasing his own grubber kick. Thurston successful with the extras: 22-2.
62′ – Ray Thompson extends the Cowboys’ lead by sprinting 35m out of dummy half. Thurston’s extras make it 28-2.