Cowboys big comeback win over Warriors

Co-skipper Matt Scott is confident North Queensland have the depth to cope should they lose fellow prop James Tamou to injury.

The Cowboys overwhelmed the Warriors 50-16 in Auckland on Saturday night to get their NRL campaign back on track after two successive losses.

They overcame the concession of three early tries to grab nine of their own, with winger Kyle Feldt getting a hat-trick.

But the win was blighted by injuries to Tamou (neck) and five-eighth Michael Morgan (ankle) in the first half.

Tamou, taken to hospital as a precaution, is expected to travel back with the team on Sunday.

Scott said Tamou would be a massive loss if he was sidelined.

He said the Kangaroos and NSW representative was a big part of the Cowboys’ starting 13, but one of the strengths of the club was their bench.

“There’s guys like Ben Spina and Ben Hannant and two guys that didn’t play tonight in Sam Hoare and Scott Bolton,” Scott said.

“We’ve certainly got the depth to cover him but, it he doesn’t play, we’re going to miss him.”

For the Warriors, the defeat continued their dismal run since they climbed into the top four.

They have lost all six matches since then to be facing a fourth straight season without finals football.

Already without several experienced players, they are also likely to be minus Jacob Lillyman for the rest of the season after the prop suffered a fractured cheekbone in the first carry of the game.

The Warriors produced a lightning start, up 16-0 by the 13th minute.

But a long break, after Tamou was hit in a big tackle by Warriors skipper Simon Mannering, turned the momentum.

The Cowboys, inspired by halfback Johnathan Thurston and with forwards Jason Taumalolo and Hannant producing plenty of metres, roared back.

Two tries to Feldt, and one each to Thurston and centre Justin O’Neill had them up 24-16 at halftime.

Spina scored his first NRL try early in the second spell before fellow interchange forward Coen Hess, 19, marked his first-grade debut by barging over.

Feldt completed his hat-trick and centre Kane Linnett also was able to get on the scoresheet before O’Neill nabbed his second.

Earlier, halfback Tuimoala Lolohea had the Warriors off to a great start, stepping past five defenders for a brilliant individual try.

His halves partner, NRL debutant Mason Lino, managed to get in the act with a deft kick ahead from which winger Ken Maumalo touched down.

When Lolohea made another break and kicked ahead, centre Dominique Peyroux dotted down to extend the lead.

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden praised his young side for “having a good crack”, but said they were outclassed in the end.

“There’s a lot of blokes making real good efforts and we’ve got our skipper who is trying his guts out,” he said.

“We just haven’t got the experience or the confidence in our game at the moment.

“I know 50 points looks bad, but I don’t think we’re that bad.”

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