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Willie Mason offloads :Digital Image Grant Trouville © NRLphotos  : NRL Rugby League - Round 19 - Manly Sea Eagles v NQ Cowboys at Brookvale Oval Monday the 20th of July  2015.

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles suffered a 30-12 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys at Brookvale Oval tonight in round 19 of the Telstra Premiership.

In front of a crowd of 7643, the Sea Eagles trailed 20-6 at half-time and could not pull in a Cowboys side led well by half-back Jonathan Thurston.

Peta Hiku returned from a knee injury to replace Tom Trbojevic while Ligi Sao started the game for the injured Dunamis Lui (knee).

The Cowboys opened the scoring in the sixth minute through a try to winger Antonio Winterstein that was converted by Jonathan Thurston for a 6-0 lead.

The Sea Eagles drew level in the 17th minute when half-back Daly Cherry Evans grubber kicked a forced pass from the Cowboys to score a 25 metre try under the posts. Jamie Lyon converted the try for a 6-all scoreline.

A weight of field possession inside the Sea Eagles quarter led to a try to Cowboys centre Kane Linnett in the 28th minute. Thurston converted for a 12-6 lead after 29 minutes.

Thurston extended the lead to 14-6 when he converted a field goal in the 32nd minute.

The Cowboys went to an 18-6 lead when Winterstein grabbed his second try in the 38th minute. Thurston converted for a 20-6 lead after 39 minutes.

2nd Half

Cherry-Evans did not return for the second half due to a shoulder injury suffered late in the first half.

Manly Warringah started the second half off on the best possible note when full-back Brett Stewart dived on a grubber kick from Kieran Foran. Lyon converted to leave the home side trailing 20-12 after 44 minutes.

A slick pass from Thurston saw five-eighth Michael Morgan beat Justin Horo to dive over in the 60th minute for a 24-12 lead. Thurston failed to convert the try.

Hooker Jake Granville finished off a break by Morgan to score under the posts in the 66th minute. Thurston converted for a 30-12 lead.

The loss leaves the Sea Eagles on 16 points ahead of this Saturday’s away clash against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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