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Warriors end drought

Monday, March 24, 2014

TOWNSVILLE, Qld - The Warriors have broken a 12-year losing streak in Townsville with a 20-16 NRL victory over fast-finishing North Queensland.

The New Zealanders held on for their first win of the season as the Cowboys threw everything at them in the final 15 minutes at 1300Smiles Stadium on Saturday night.

They were particularly fortunate that North Queensland winger Kyle Feldt stepped out on his way to the tryline with just over a minute to go.

Feleti Mateo then knocked on in front of his posts only 12 metres out with 36 seconds left, but Kane Linnett dropped the ball in the Cowboys' last play of the game.

The Warriors' last win at the Cowboys' home ground was on April 6, 2002, when Stacey Jones was captain and Penrith Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was at fullback.

Meanwhile Brett Morris scored his 100th career try as St George Illawarra secured a hat-trick of wins to start the NRL season with a 14-12 victory over Cronulla.

In windy conditions at Remondis Stadium on Saturday night before 14,821 fans, Morris scored a double, his gravity-defying second four-pointer capping the Dragons' impressive start to the year and consigning the Sharks to a 0-3 beginning to 2014.

Morris joined Nathan Blacklock (100) and Matt Cooper (124) as the third player to top the century of tries for the joint venture.

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