24 Jul 2011

Cowboys come back on Cooper try

8:31 am on 24 July 2011

North Queensland have regained fourth position on the National Rugby League ladder with a gripping 28-20 victory over luckless Gold Coast at Skilled Park.

Cowboys forward Gavin Cooper went from villain to hero, scoring the go-ahead try as the Titans clung to a 20-18 lead with 10 minutes left.

Cooper had been looking for somewhere to hide after an embarrassing blunder late in the first half when he fumbled the ball after galloping across the Titans' try line, but he redeemed himself with a scrambling try before Cowboys centre Willie Tonga sealed the win with his 76th-minute try.

The match finished with rival forwards Mark Minichiello and Cowboys interchange James Tamou swinging punches and then having words after the full-time siren.

The Titans went to the break 14-6 ahead after Cooper's bombed try but have now lost their past five home games since beating the Sydney Roosters 24-13 in round eight.