Saturday, March 11, 2017
The Queensland Cowboys have gone back-to-back in the Men's Elite Eight after defeating the Queensland Titans 6-3 win at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.
The reigning champions led the match from start to finish on a beautiful night at C.ex Coffs International Stadium, showing their class from the early minutes of play.
It was an unfortunate result for the Titans who had performed so well for the whole tournament, but even they will appreciate the class and talent of the Cowboys' side.
A two-touchdown performance from Cormac Hoch helped his side to a 3-1 lead at half-time and they used this momentum to skip away in the second half.
Jack Hughes opened the scoring in the early minutes of the second half, giving the Cowboys a commanding 4-1 lead in the process.
They went on with it in the 27th minute, scoring the easiest of touchdowns through Damon Moore to lead 5-1.
A stalemate emerged for the next seven minutes, before Cowboy Lachlan Hoch grabbed his first of the night to make it 6-1 with a little over five minutes to play.
The Titans scored a consolation touchdown in the 36th minute to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but Graeme Clancy's efforts were not enough, with the scoreboard showing a 6-2 scoreline in the Cowboys' favour.
Clancy grabbed a third touchdown on the hooter but the celebrations had already started for the Cowboys who held on for a 6-3 win.
It was a complete 40-minute performance from the Cowboys who opened the scoring very early in the match to grab the upper hand from the get-go.
In fact it took just three minutes for the Cowboys to cross the line, with Braydon Hegarty crossing in the left corner.
Cormac Hoch sliced through the Titans' defence in the 10th minute to make it 2-0, putting his side in a great position in the process.
But just minutes later, The Titans cut the deficit to one touchdown through the handy work of Clancy who crossed in the right corner.
However, the Cowboys continued to pile on the pressure and it paid off in the 16th minute, with Cormac Hoch scoring a spectacular touchdown to put his side up 3-1.
That's the way it stayed at half-time, and the Cowboys used that momentum to go on with the match and claim the title.
Queensland Cowboys 6 (C. Hoch 2, L Hoch, Hegarty, Hughes, Moore touchdowns) def. Queensland Titans 3 (Clancy 3 touchdowns)