Last Time we Met: North Queensland Cowboys
Re-live the match highlights from the last time Wests Tigers took on the North Queensland Cowboys — their Round 6 clash earlier this year at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
With Kurtis Rowe making his NRL debut at fullback and Blake Austin making his Club debut at five-eighth, Wests Tigers came into the match with a few question marks about their side, but soon banished those doubts with a comprehensive 80-minute performance.
It was the Cowboys who started strongest in the match, and should have taken first points through a penalty goal from close to the posts from Johnathan Thurston.
However, the Australian international playmaker missed the simple conversion.
He would soon make up for the play in the 27th minute, with a missed intercept chance from Luke Brooks allowing Thurston to send Brent Tate over out wide for a 4-0 lead.
Robbie Farah soon leveled the match, though, with a darting run from dummy half just before half-time allowing the hosts to take a 6-4 lead into the break.
The skipper then put his side even further in front, with his grubber in the 46th minute allowing Austin to charge through and plant the ball down under the posts.
North Queensland had chances to hit back in the match, but they couldn't connect with the final pass and continued to see those opportunities slip away.
They would soon rue those mistakes, with Richards going over in the corner following a cut-out ball from Farah in the 73rd mintue to put the result beyond all doubt.
Wests Tigers 16 (Farah, Austin, Richards tries; Richards 2/3 goals) def.
North Queensland Cowboys 4 (Tate tries; Thurston 0/1 goals)