Posted: 30 March, 2015
But Cowboys coach Paul Green reserved special praise for his winger Antonio Winterstein.
Johnathan Thurston reminded everyone just how good he is as he provided a kicking masterclass to break Storm hearts in their 17-16 extra time win on Monday night.
But Cowboys coach Paul Green reserved special praise for his winger Antonio Winterstein, who returned to rugby league last night after taking a break to mourn the loss of his 19-year-old brother Francis, who tragically took his own life earlier this month.
“I was really happy for him,” Green said.
“He’s had a tough couple of weeks for obvious reasons and it was great to have him back among the boys.”
Winterstein bagged a double in the Cowboys miraculous produced a miraculous 18-17 win over the Storm at 1300Smiles Stadium in Townsville. Full highlights and match report below.
Johnathan Thurston reminded everyone just how good he is as he provides a kicking masterclass to break Storm hearts in extra time.
Golden point football is always exciting and we have been treated to it twice in week four thanks to two amazing comebacks. With just eight minutes to go the Storm looked home ad hosed with a seven point lead but Thurston had a different idea.
The Origin half back nailed three fantastic kick in just seven minutes to complete a brilliant comeback against the Storm in Townsville. The visitors scored three first half tries through Mann, Kaufasi and a stunner from Koroibete but it wasn't enough as they couldn't hold on.
When Matthew Wright crossed for the Cowboys in the right corner with just two minutes to go he left a very unlikely conversion attempt for Thurston who defied odds to bend it through the posts to make it a one point game. After a soft penalty off the kick off he had the opportunity to level the scores with a field goal, again he didn't pass up on that and even converted one more in extra time to secure a needed victory for this side.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a magician and his name is JT Photo: Getty Images
5 Key Moments from the game
6th min: Lachan Coote kicks the ball miles over the sideline giving the Storm a great platform to attack from and they make the Cowboys pay with a try through Kurt Mann.
12th min: Tonumaipea loses the ball in a tackle on his 20 to give Cowboys the ball and then he rushes out of the line to try make amends but is all at sea which allows Winterstein to cross for the Cowboys.
61st min: After a prolonged period of attacking from the Cowboys they finally break the impressive Storm defence with Winterstein crossing again.
77th min: The Cowboys get a penalty on the sixth tackle just in front of the Storm line and they make the boys from Melbourne pay thanks to nice hands down the right which allows Wright to score and crucially Thurston converts from out wide to make it a one point game.
79th min: Storm amazingly give away a penalty and so Thurston boots it upfield and then three plays later is dead in front and 30 out so goes for the field goal and nails it. We are heading to golden point.
Some of the Storm players are distraught after late defeat in Townsville Photo: Getty Images
Post Match Analysis
Star Player: It is very hard to not give this to Thurston but the Triple M call team agreed Taumalolo was unstoppable tonight and he is a worthy winner.
Jason Taumalolo put in an enormous display with multiple huge carries Photo: Getty Images
Best Play of the Game: Unbelievable effort from Marika Koroibete. The Fijian takes a high ball from Thurston and then sets off, beating multiple players and running nearly the length of the field to score a wonder try.
Talking Point: After being under the pressure Cooper Cronk decided to make it a two score lead and takes an easy field goal in front of the sticks to extend the lead to 17-10. Did he take it too early?
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote 2 Matthew Wright 3 Tautau Moga 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Michael Morgan 7 Johnathan Thurston (c) 8 Matthew Scott (c) 14 Jake Granville 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo Interchange 9 Rory Kostjasyn 15 Kelepi Tanginoa 16 Scott Bolton 17 Ben Hannant
Storm: 1 Billy Slater 2 Young Tonumaipea 3 Will Chambers 4 Kurt Mann 5 Marika Koroibete 6 Blake Green 7 Cooper Cronk 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Cameron Smith (c) 10 Jordan McLean 11 Kevin Proctor 12 Tohu Harris 13 Dale Finucane Interchange 14 Ryan Hinchcliffe 15 Tim Glasby 16 Dayne Weston 17 Felise Kaufusi