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Out of the doghouse - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 25 May 2007 23:32:00 GMT
The cowboys broke a two-week losing streak after knocking over the Bulldogs 26-16 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

It was the Cowboys first win since round 9 and could move them back into third spot on the NRL ladder by Monday night.

However the visitors had to endure a late fight back from the Bulldogs.

Behind 12-0 at the break, the home side looked like they were gone after Matt Bowen and Sione Faumuina both scored a try within the opening 6 minutes of the second-half.

Off the back of some good lead-up play, Bulldogs winger Hazem El Masri then crossed over in the 52nd minute to keep the Bulldogs alive in the contest.

A penalty goal kicked by Cowboys halfback Jonathan Thurston in the 59th minute extended the Cowboys lead to 3 converted tries yet this failed to dampen the Bulldogs spirit.

The Bulldogs then responded in the 68th minute when Daryl Millard sent centre Andrew Emilio over in the corner.

A missed conversion from Hazem El Masri didn’t stop the momentum of the Belmore boys who continued to rattle their opponents when they grabbed their 3rd try of the night in the 70th minute.

The four-pointer went to Dogs captain Andrew Ryan who grabbed his third try of the year after supporting El Masri down the sideline.

It was however too late for the Bulldogs to contemplate grabbing a come behind victory when Ty Williams chased down Ben Roberts and took him into touch in the final minute of play.

Canterbury will attempt to avoid making it four losses on the trot when they tackle the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium next weekend while NQLD will have their hands full with the Sharks.

Cowboys 26 (Matthew Bowen (2), Shane Tronc, Sione Faumuina tries; Johnathan Thurston 5/5 goals) d Bulldogs 16 (Hazem El Masri, Andrew Emelio, Andrew Ryan tries; Hazem El Masri 2/3 goals) at Suncorp Stadium. Penalties: Cowboys 8-4 Errors: Cowboys 19-16 Tackles: Cowboys 302 Bulldogs 228. - Read More, Here