18 Mar 2016

Cowboys cook chooks in Townsville

6:57 am on 18 March 2016

NRL champions the North Queensland Cowboys bounced back from their shock loss to Parramatta last week with a crushing 40-0 win over the Sydney Roosters in Townsville.

North Queensland forward Jason Taumalolo has been added to the Kiwis training squad.

Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo. Photo: Photosport

The six-try drubbing was North Queensland's biggest ever winning margin over the Roosters.

Unfortunately for the Roosters it also marked only the third time since 1954 that the minor premiers from the previous season have lost their first three matches.

Kane Linnett and Antonio Winterstein got the Cowboys off to a flying start with tries in the first 10 minutes, before Lachlan Coote, Scott Bolton, Michael Morgan, Jason Taumalolo and Kyle Feldt all added to the Chooks' misery with four-pointers of their own.

The news for the Roosters got worse on the stroke of full-time with Ian Henderson suffering a suspected fractured leg, after Dale Copley appeared to suffer a torn pectoral muscle earlier in the game.