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Cowboys concede the SOFTEST try of the season as Shaun Johnson kicks Warriors to dramatic win 

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Cowboys concede easily the SOFTEST try of the season as Shaun Johnson kicks Warriors to dramatic golden point win

  • Warriors defeated North Queensland 25-24 in golden point on Friday
  • Shaun Johnson kicked winning field goals after both teams had missed attempts
  • Kodi Nikorima scored one of the softest try of the season for the Warriors 
  • Warriors five-eight jogged over the line after dismal defending from Cowboys
  • Warriors climbed up to sixth on the ladder, one spot above the Cowboys 

Kodi Nikorima scored one of the softest try of this NRL season as the Warriors twice came from behind to clinch a dramatic win over North Queensland on Friday night.

With the Cowboys defence nowhere to be seen, the five-eight picked up the ball at dummy-half and simply jogged over the line unchallenged to draw the Warriors level early in the second life in Redcliffe.

‘How easy is that?,’ Shane Flanagan said while calling the game on Fox League. 

Kodi Nikorima scored one of the softest tries of the season early in the second half

Kodi Nikorima scored one of the softest tries of the season early in the second half

The Warriors secured a golden point win over North Queensland on Friday night 

‘They [the Cowboys] were ready to the shift to the right and Nikorima said: “What do I have here? I can just stroll over”.’ 

The defensive lapse ultimately proved costly for North Queensland, as Shaun Johnson kicked a field goal to secure a 25-24 golden point win for the Warriors.  

The Warriors trailed 18-6 and then, after drawing level with tries either side of halftime, 24-18 as both teams sniffed a chance to improve to 3-2 on Friday night.

But it was the Warriors with all the chances late in the game, Johnson eventually winning it for his nomads at their adopted home with his third field goal attempt and second in extra time.

Nikorima was allowed to jog over the line with the Cowboys defence nowhere to be seen

Nikorima was allowed to jog over the line with the Cowboys defence nowhere to be seen

The Warriors five-eight couldn't believe his luck after drawing his team level

The Warriors five-eight couldn’t believe his luck after drawing his team level  

The halfback’s first effort looked on track but was smothered by Jake Granville, before teammate Reece Walsh sliced his effort right with effectively the final play after 80 minutes. 

Johnson then missed his first attempt after Granville pressured again, before sidestepping and drilling a low effort that snuck over the bar.

Earlier the Cowboys twice looked to have the contest under control, Tom Dearden’s solo effort to dummy and score continuing his fine start to the season.

There was only one mistake in the first 20 minutes but that soon changed.

Shaun Johnson kicked the match-winning field goal in golden point for the Warriors

Shaun Johnson kicked the match-winning field goal in golden point for the Warriors

Jesse Arthars was one of the Warriors' four different try scorers, crossing in the first half

Jesse Arthars was one of the Warriors’ four different try scorers, crossing in the first half

Valentine Holmes was perfect with the boot and scored a try for the Cowboys

Valentine Holmes was perfect with the boot and scored a try for the Cowboys 

First Warriors forward Addin Fonua-Blake’s lazy grab at a kick in-goal missed, allowing Scott Drinkwater the easiest of tries in his first game of the season.

Replacing injured Cowboys fullback Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Drinkwater could then only watch as Chanel Harris-Tavita’s 40-20 was successful.

Josh Curran then strolled over for the Warriors to make it 18-12 at the break, while they levelled it soon after the restart when Murray Taulagi dropped the kick-off and Nikorima scored untouched from dummy half.

Centres Valentine Holmes and Euan Aitken then traded tries, before both sides managed try-saving tackles in the final five minutes.

Warriors winger Marcelo Montoya was placed on report for a high tackle, while North Queensland’s Griffin Neame left the game after a nasty concussion.

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