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Cowboys ride to Nines victory

Stuff.co.nz
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Update: 9:51PM The Cowboys are the champions of the first ever Auckland Nines, after defeating the Broncos 16-7 in the final.

The side from North Queensland went into the tournament as unfancied outsiders, but were the side that learnt the most about how to play this new form of the game as the weekend went on.

All of the teams had to find their feet in nines and while the likes of the Panthers, Eels and Warriors started the strongest, by the time the 31st and final match of the weekend was played, it was the Cowboys who were clearly the best, realising that it was about moving the ball quickly and spreading it away from the ruck to stop defences getting settled.

In the final the Cowboys Antonio Winterstein scored the first try, which came just after Ben Hunt had one ruled out for the Broncos because Sam Thaiday put a foot in touch just before delivering the pass to Hunt.

Curtis Rona scored the Cowboys second try in the last minute of the first half to make the score 10-0 at the change of ends.

Hunt finally got a try with three minutes to go by diving in under the posts, but any hope of a comeback evaporated soon after with Rona bagging his second try of the game.


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