NRL fans across the Sunshine State are celebrating, after the Cowboys locked-in an historic all-Queensland grand final.
For the first time, Brisbane and North Queensland will face off in the NRL decider, after the Townsville team thumped Melbourne 32-12 on Saturday night.
It’s been ten years since the Cowboys made a grand final, with fans blaming referring blunders for costing them entry to the decider over the past couple of seasons.
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Justin O’Neill, Michael Morgan and Gavin Cooper all crossed for two tries, as they left Melbourne scoreless in the second half.
While champion halfback Johnathan Thurston booted four goals before finishing the match on the sidelines with ice on his leg.
But the co-captain insists it was just a corked calf and said he was looking forward to grand final week.
“This is what you set out to do every October, I am really happy for the boys and the club it is going to be an enjoyable week,” Thurston said.
Coach Paul Green praised his men for not being intimidated by the Storm on their home ground and for playing the full 80 minutes.
“It was a good performance, we were consistent with our effort through the whole game,” Green said.
While losing coach Craig Bellamy was at a loss to explain his side’s performance.
“We just couldn’t find our rhythm tonight. We just lacked that aggression and drive we had against the Roosters. I don’t know where it went,” Bellamy said.