The North Queensland Cowboys person snapped a 10-game losing streak successful emphatic fashion, downing St George Illawarra Dragons 38-26 to extremity the Red V's slim finals hopes.
Ahead of the match, Todd Payten opted for a positional shake-up with the club's million-dollar men Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes.
The determination paid disconnected with Taumalolo shifting to prop and Holmes to centre, clearing mode for Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and the Cowboys' zippy extracurricular backs to wreak havoc.
However, the Queenslanders astir had their archetypal triumph since May 28 stolen from underneath their noses aft letting the Dragons backmost into the crippled contempt taking the pb ealry done Reece Robson.
The Red V piled connected 3 tries successful effect to instrumentality a 10-point pb into the sheds, but immoderate manager Payten told his Cowboys astatine half-time proved the quality arsenic they returned to wholly stroke their absorption disconnected the park.
In a chaotic eight-minute period, the Cowboys ran successful 4 unanswered tries to wholly shellshock the Dragons, and erstwhile Tabuai-Fidow crossed implicit successful the last minute, the effect was each but sealed.
"Todd was conscionable saying spell backmost to basics, propulsion through, tally with each different and we came retired with the triumph astatine the extremity there," Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow said of his coach's half-time address.
The effect means immoderate slim anticipation the Dragons had of a finals berth has present been wholly enactment to furniture arsenic manager Anthony Griffin begins to bespeak connected a play gone wrong.