Cowboys crowned World Champions

The North Queensland Cowboys have been crowned ‘World Champions’ after taking down Leeds in the World Club Series final.

The two clubs were locked at 4-all at halftime before Johnathon Thurston inspired his club to take out the clash 38-4.

The Cowboys ran in six second-half tries in which Thurston had a hand in three tries and scored one of his own.


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Both teams finished with 12 men after a violent brawl in which Leeds prop Mitch Garbutt was sent off for punching Cowboys prop James Tamou in the face.

Tamou, who was also sin-binned for his role in the scuffle, left the field with blood pouring from his nose.

Back-to-back thrashings by Brisbane and Sydney Roosters had already delivered the World Club Series to Australia for a second consecutive year, and Paul Green’s Cowboys on Sunday secured the clean sweep.

Thurston was also awarded the Graham Murray Medal after the match.


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