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Cowboys players celebrate another try against the Eels in Round 20.

Like a runaway train, the Cowboys turned a 10-4 half-time lead into a dominant 46-4 victory over the Eels, their biggest winning margin over Parramatta in the club's history.

Man of the match Jake Granville had the North Queensland faithful on their feet time after time with scintillating line breaks almost too slick to describe.

The humble hooker registered three line breaks, scored a try and laid on two try assists.

In a night of very few positives, Parramatta's Manu Ma'u battled manfully for his 128 metres and 28 tackles, but it was the Cowboys who genuinely showed the stampede for the first time this season.

The flogging seemed on the cards after a fifth-minute try to left winger Antonio Winterstein who got silver service from long-time edge partner Kane Linnett.

It was the sixth try for the Winterstein-Linnett combination from the club's last nine, and setting the table was none other than prop Matt Scott.

With a copybook ball behind block runner Gavin Cooper, Scott hit fullback Lachlan Coote at speed, to draw and pass Linnett who found Winterstein for the game's first try two weeks in a row.


With half a dozen errors, the home side's level of engagement waned as the first half progressed but in the meantime they would cross for a second try in all-too-easy fashion.

With Granville threatening a line break every time he flashed a glance at the defensive line, the first half's only standout Cowboy had his paws on everything; this time venturing from dummy half and holding it up for Jason Taumalolo to crash his way through Luke Kelly and Tepai Meoroa to the in-goal.

But after two unanswered tries to start the game, the Cowboys' endeavour dropped.

Reece Robinson supplied the four-pointer after scooting around North Queensland's troubled right edge, putting winger Semi Radradra into space and getting it back to cross the line.

Parramatta's energy instantly lifted after their try, while the home side stumbled and fumbled through the remaining 20 minutes.

After sweeping man of the match honours for all five Monday nights this year, Johnathan Thurston was a step slow, firstly knocking it on while attacking Parramatta's line, and failing to recognise a fifth tackle, leading Ethan Lowe into defenders with a short ball.

Early in the second half Justin O'Neill made his best defensive play of the year to stop a certain Brad Takairangi try in the corner. 

From then it was a procession.

Interchange utility Rory Kostjasyn buried under Luke Kelly and Pauli Pauli from dummy-half, while Jason Taumalolo rolled through in much the same fashion as his first try.

With Granville burning bookends left and right up the middle and dishing off to Linnett, the Cowboys had their third of the second half.

But they weren't even close to being done. Granville backed up a line break for a try of his own, while Coote and Wright both crossed late as the club enters next week looking to equal a club record for competition points in a season.

North Queensland Cowboys 46 (Jason Taumalolo 2, Antonio Winterstein, Rory Kostjasyn, Kane Linnett, Jake Granville, Lachlan Coote, Matthew Wright tries; Johnathan Thurston 7 goals) def. Parramatta Eels 4 (Reece Robinson try) at 1300SMILES Stadium. Half-time: Cowboys 10-4.


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