The goal-kicking also made a significant difference with Adam Doueihi making just three kicks out of six. Valentine Holmes, in comparison, was successful with five conversions from six for the visitors.
The Tigers were sent into a first-half tailspin by a barrage of tries, including a Murray Taulagi double. It sucked the life out of the crowd of 9433.
In tribute to the Western Suburbs Magpies halfback legend, Brooks donned the no.22 jersey while the NRL legend’s no.7 jersey was retired and draped over a chair on the Tigers bench. In the seventh minute, fans also rose to a standing ovation, while the Tigers wore a Magpies-inspired black jersey in tribute.
But it took just two minutes for the Cowboys to sour the mood with Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow running 80 metres and chipping the ball over Daine Laurie to solo score the first Cowboys try.
The Tigers also lost Joey Leilua when he failed a HIA after 12 minutes following a number of good touches early in the game. The head knock robbed Leilua of the chance to impress after being left out of the top 17 for the last two games. Leilua is off contract at the end of the season and desperate to prove he remains deserving of a spot.
The Cowboys will also be sweating on the results of tests on Tabuai-Fidow, who was helped off from the field in the second half of the game with a knee injury.
The Cowboys’ win means the Bulldogs are now the only club who have failed to record a victory this season. They would have been hoping their round-six match against the Cowboys next week would have been their chance to get off the mark, but after this North Queensland performance, they may be thinking twice.
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