North Queensland have served up a chilly dish of revenge in addition to Australian rugby league’s largest successful margin in 88 years behind a record-breaking 74-0 thrashing of Wests Tigers in entrance of a sell-out crowd in Townsville.
Six weeks after the Tigers humbled the Cowboys 66-18 in Sydney, the hosts registered the most important rating reversal between two groups by way of 13 unanswered tries whereas establishing a file margin for the NRL period.
The margin eclipses Parramatta’s 74-4 defeat of Cronulla in 2003 and is the largest rating to nil triumph in premiership historical past.
It’s also the third highest of all-time behind Canterbury’s 85-point and 80-point losses to St George and Jap Suburbs respectively in 1935.
Seven tries have been scored within the first half and an extra six within the second as data tumbled at Queensland Nation Financial institution Stadium.
The Cowboys posted their highest rating and victory margin and hit 50 factors for the primary time beneath coach Todd Payten whereas inflicting the hapless Tigers’ worst-ever loss.
Valentine Holmes additionally registered essentially the most particular person factors in a sport by a Cowboys participant, scoring 30 to surpass Jonathan Thurston and Josh Hannay who had 24-point hauls.
After they have been thumped at Leichhardt, the Cowboys additionally misplaced every week later to the Eels.
Dealing with a 5-8 file, Payten’s facet have now received 4 straight by a State of Origin-affected interval and are pulling down the door of the highest eight.
“The largest adjustment to our sport has been our kick-chase and transition a part of our sport,” Payten mentioned.
“Whether or not it is assault to D or D to assault, that is made an actual optimistic affect on our sport and due to this fact the outcome.”
Scott Drinkwater ran amok and continued his scintillating kind with two tries, three try-assists, 4 line-assists and two deal with busts on Saturday.
Tom Dearden was distinctive and bagged a strive, six deal with busts, three line-assists and a career-high 4 strive assists.
Murray Taulagi registered a second profession hattrick, Holmes had two tries and Semi Valemei additionally collected a double.
North Queensland accrued 2072-run metres to the Tigers’ 902 in a whole and utter domination.
“Whenever you get beat like that, there’s nothing a lot you’ll be able to say,” mentioned Tigers coach Tim Sheens.
“I am not right here to supply excuses, it is simply unacceptable. We’re not completely satisfied as a bunch – coaches and gamers.”
The Tigers’ nightmare unfolded after 14 minutes.
A Coen Hess break in midfield led to Dearden dummying by a line of defense to start the avalanche.
Junior Tupou spilled a Chad Townsend bomb following a powerful Cowboys set from the restart and Valemei pounced, earlier than the Cowboys made it three tries in as many units when one other Dearden break put Luciano Leilua over for a strive in opposition to his former membership.
Dearden was within the combine once more minutes later, this time sending David Nofoaluma spinning with a depraved step after some luxurious reverse passes with Holmes and Taulagi.
His break led to Drinkwater scoring his first, with a second to comply with shortly after when the fullback ran a good line off Townsend’s shoulder in a silky transfer.
Alex Twal was sin-binned for 10 minutes for a hip-drop deal with on Leilua and the Cowboys ran in two extra tries by Taulagi and Holmes to set their largest halftime rating in membership historical past at greater than some extent a minute.