Cowboys shoot down Panthers to go back-to-back

NORTH Queensland have started to show signs of the side everyone was predicting they would be with their second win of the season on the trot as they downed Penrith 30-10 at Pepper Stadium.

The Panthers went ahead early last night through a James Segeyaro try but the Cowboys quickly hit back to level the score and then raced away to a 16-6 lead at the break.

Matthew Wright picked up two of the first half tries while Lachlan Coote added the other and the trusty boot of Johnathan Thurston, again at his brilliant best, kept the scoreboard ticking over.

The visitors increased this to 22-6 five minutes into the second stanza before the Panthers started to fight back with a Dean Whare try that closed the gap to 22-10 but the Cowboys picked up the tempo and ran away with the match. Wright capped off a great night, picking up a hat-trick with his third in the 74th minute.

The Panthers, coming off back-to-back defeats to the Roosters and Knights, missed the composure and class of Jamie Soward in the halves as he remained sidelined for last night's clash.

The Cowboys on the other hand came into match full of confidence after a last-gasp win over the Storm in round four and carried that momentum through the game. This included some great defence to deny the Panthers on a number of occasions.