2015 North Queensland Cowboys season

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2015 North Queensland Cowboys season
NRL Rank 3rd
Play-off result Premiers
2015 record Wins: 17; Draws: 0; Losses: 7
Points scored For: 587; Against: 454
Team information
CEO Greg Tonner
Coach Paul Green
Captain
Stadium 1300SMILES Stadium
Avg. Attend. 16,230
High. Attend. 24,531 (vs. Brisbane Broncos, Round 10)
Top scorers
Tries Antonio Winterstein (16)
Goals Johnathan Thurston (93)
Points Johnathan Thurston (208)
2014 2016 >

The 2015 North Queensland Cowboys season was the 21st in the club's history. Coached by Paul Green and co-captained by Johnathan Thurston and Matthew Scott, they competed in the NRL's 2015 Telstra Premiership. The Cowboys celebrated 20 years as a club in 2015 and played in the first all-Queensland grand final, defeating the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 in golden point to win their first premiership.

Season summary[edit]

After going through their pre-season trials undefeated, the Cowboys started their 2015 season with three straight losses. The side hit back with three consecutive wins on Monday Night Football over the Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs, on their way to a club record 11 game winning streak. The Cowboys finished in 3rd place, winning 17 games, giving the club their most successful regular season in its history.

Johnathan Thurston & Matt Scott

Milestones[edit]

Squad List[edit]

2015 NRL Squad[edit]

North Queensland Cowboys NRL Squad 2015
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

Assistant coaches


Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 16 February 2015
Source(s): Cowboys Squad 2015

Squad Movement[edit]

2015 Gains[edit]

Player Signed From Until End of Notes
Jake Granville Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2016
[1]
Ben Hannant Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos
2015
[2]
Justin O'Neill Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
2016
[3]
Kelepi Tanginoa Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels
2016
[4]

2015 Losses[edit]

Player Signed To Until End of Notes
Anthony Mitchell Ireland colours.svg Townsville Blackhawks
2016
[5]
Curtis Rona Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs
2016
[6]
Ashton Sims Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves
2016
[7]
Tariq Sims Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights
2016
[8]
Brent Tate Retired
-
[9]
Ricky Thorby Townsville Blackhawks
2016
[10]
Joel Riethmuller Released
-
[11]

Re-signings[edit]

Player Club Until End of Notes
John Asiata North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2017
[12]
Scott Bolton North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2017
[13]
Josh Chudleigh North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2016
[14]
Ben Hannant North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2016
[15]
Coen Hess North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2018
[16]
Kyle Laybutt North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2017
[17]
Ethan Lowe North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2016
[18]
Michael Morgan North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2018
[19]
Gideon Gela-Mosby North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2017
[20]
Ben Spina North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2017
[21]
Jason Taumalolo North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2017
[22]
Ray Thompson North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys
2017
[23]

Ladder[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 18 0 6 2 591 300 +291 40
2 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 17 0 7 2 574 379 +195 38
3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys (P) 24 17 0 7 2 587 454 +133 38
4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 467 348 +119 32
5 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 14 0 10 2 522 480 +42 32
6 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 14 0 10 2 469 476 −7 32
7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 13 0 11 2 465 467 −2 30
8 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 12 0 12 2 435 408 +27 28
9 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 24 11 0 13 2 458 492 −34 26
10 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 10 0 14 2 577 569 +8 24
11 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 9 0 15 2 399 477 −78 22
12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 9 0 15 2 448 573 −125 22
13 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 9 0 15 2 445 588 −143 22
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 9 0 15 2 439 636 −197 22
15 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 8 0 16 2 487 562 −75 20
16 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 8 0 16 2 458 612 −154 20

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
Saturday, 7 February Trial 1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Stadium Mackay 18 – 6 Feldt, Granville, Lui Feldt (3) -
Saturday, 14 February Trial 2 Ireland colours.svg Townsville Blackhawks Jack Manski Oval 24 – 12 Bowen, Feldt, Kikau, King, Niemoeller Bambling (1), Feldt (1) -
Saturday, 21 February Trial 3 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Barlow Park 30 – 10 Moga (2), Cooper, Granville, Tanginoa, Wright Thurston (3) -
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

NRL Auckland Nines[edit]

The NRL Auckland Nines is a pre-season rugby league nines competition featuring all 16 NRL clubs. The 2015 competition was played over two days on January 31 and February 1 at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. The Cowboys featured in the Waiheke pool and played Melbourne, Penrith and South Sydney. The top two teams of each pool qualified for the quarter finals. The Cowboys, who were the defending champions, were knocked out in the quarter-finals.

Pool Play[edit]
Waiheke pool
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 3 3 0 0 54 20 +34 6
North Queensland colours.svg North Qld Cowboys 3 2 0 1 43 35 +8 4
Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 3 1 0 2 32 45 -13 2
Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 3 0 0 3 16 45 -29 0
Date Time (Local) Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals
Saturday, 31 January 1:20pm Round 1 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Eden Park 17 – 8 Lowe (bonus try), O'Neill, Wright Wright (2)
Saturday, 31 January 5:40pm Round 2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Eden Park 12 – 19 O'Neill (2), Cooper -
Sunday, 1 February 12:25pm Round 3 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Eden Park 14 – 8 Feldt, Moga, Taumalolo Lui (1)
Sunday, 1 February 2:30pm Quarter-final Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Eden Park 11 – 17 Granville (bonus try), O'Neill Morgan (1)
Legend:   Win   Loss

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
Saturday, 7 March Round 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 1300SMILES Stadium 4 – 28 O'Neill Thurston (0/1) 17,123
Saturday, 14 March Round 2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 1300SMILES Stadium 14 – 16 Lowe, Scott Thurston (3/3), Feldt (0/1) 13,006
Friday, 20 March Round 3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium 22 – 44 Feldt (2), Morgan, O'Neill Thurston (3/4) 40,047
Monday, 30 March Round 4 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 1300SMILES Stadium 18 – 17 Winterstein (2), Wright Thurston (2/3, 2 FG) 11,609
Monday, 6 April Round 5 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers Sportingbet Stadium 30 – 10 Wright (3), Coote, Lowe Thurston (5/6) 8,409
Monday, 13 April Round 6 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs ANZ Stadium 30 – 12 Thurston (2) Granville, O'Neill, Winterstein Thurston (5/6) 13,866
Saturday, 18 April Round 7 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 1300SMILES Stadium 28 – 24 Granville (3), Coote, Linnett Thurston (4/5) 16,038
Saturday, 25 April Round 8 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Hunter Stadium 26 – 24 O'Neill (2), Bolton, Coote, Morgan Thurston (3/5) 15,518
Saturday, 9 May Round 9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs 1300SMILES Stadium 23 – 16 Morgan (2), Cooper, Wright Thurston (3/5, 1 FG) 15,794
Friday, 15 May Round 10 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 1300SMILES Stadium 31 – 20 Morgan (3), Cooper, Lowe Thurston (4/5), Coote (1 FG) 24,531
Saturday, 23 May Round 11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Campbelltown Stadium 8 – 0 Winterstein Lowe (2/2) 8267
Saturday, 30 May Round 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 1300SMILES Stadium 18 – 14 Scott (2), Cooper Thurston (3/3) 14,196
Monday, 8 June Round 13 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Pirtek Stadium 36 – 30 Cooper (3), Linnett, Morgan, Wright Thurston (6/6) 9812
Round 14 Bye
Saturday, 20 June Round 15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders GIO Stadium 21 – 20 Cooper, Winterstein, Wright Thurston (4/5, 1 FG) 10,170
Saturday, 27 June Round 16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 1300SMILES Stadium 18 – 24 Granville, O'Neill, Winterstein Lowe (3/4) 18,826
Saturday, 4 July Round 17 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium 18 – 12 Linnett (2), Granville Lowe (3/4) 11,183
Round 18 Bye
Monday, 20 July Round 19 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval 30 – 12 Winterstein (2), Granville, Linnett, Morgan Thurston (5/6) 7,643
Monday, 27 July Round 20 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 1300SMILES Stadium 46 – 4 Taumalolo (2), Coote, Kostjasyn, Linnett, Winterstein, Wright Thurston (7/8) 13,767
Saturday, 1 August Round 21 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 1300SMILES Stadium 32 – 24 Winterstein (2), Cooper, Granville, Morgan Thurston (6/7) 16,207
Saturday, 8 August Round 22 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Remondis Stadium 18 – 30 Linnett, Winterstein, Wright Thurston (3/4) 13,878
Thursday, 13 August Round 23 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 1300SMILES Stadium 18 – 31 Coote, Morgan, O'Neill Thurston (3/3) 16,685
Saturday, 22 August Round 24 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors Mt Smart Stadium 50 – 16 Feldt (3), O'Neill (2), Hess, Linnett, Spina, Thurston Thurston (7/9) 14,412
Saturday, 29 August Round 25 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm AAMI Park 6 – 14 Feldt Thurston (1/1) 15,214
Saturday, 5 September Round 26 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 1300SMILES Stadium 42 – 12 Linnett (2), Winterstein (2), Cooper, Coote, Granville, Tamou, Thompson Thurston (2/4), Feldt (1/3), Lowe (0/2) 16,977
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw   Bye

Finals[edit]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1: 11 Sept, Allianz Stadium  
1  Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 18  
4  Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 20     SF1: 18 Sept, Allianz Stadium  
     Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 38    
EF1: 12 Sept, ANZ Stadium      Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 12       PF1: 26 Sept, AAMI Park
5  Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 11        Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 12  
8  St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra 10          North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 32     GF: 4 Oct, ANZ Stadium
         Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 16
  EF2: 13 Sept, Allianz Stadium       PF2: 25 Sept, Suncorp Stadium      North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 17
6  Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 28          Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 31  
7  South Sydney colours.svg Souths 12     SF2: 19 Sept, 1300SMILES Stadium        Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 12  
     North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 39    
QF2: 12 Sept, Suncorp Stadium      Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 0    
2  Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 16  
3  North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 12  


Date Round Opponent Venue Score Tries Goals Attendance
Saturday, 12 September Qualifying Final Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium 16 – 12 Thurston, Winterstein Thurston (2/3) 50,388
Saturday, 19 September Semi Final Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 1300SMILES Stadium 39 – 0 Michael Morgan (2), Bolton, Feldt, Lowe, O'Neill, Winterstein Thurston (5/8, 1 FG) 21,683
Saturday, 26 September Preliminary Final Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm AAMI Park 32 –12 Cooper (2), Michael Morgan (2), O'Neill (2) Thurston (4/6) 29,315
Sunday, 4 October Grand Final Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Staidum 17 – 16 Feldt, O'Neill, Tamou Thurston (2/3, 1 FG) 82,758
Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw

Statistics[edit]

Name App T G FG Pts
Asiata, JohnJohn Asiata 25 - - - -
Bolton, ScottScott Bolton 20 2 - - 8
Cooper, GavinGavin Cooper 27 11 - - 44
Coote, LachlanLachlan Coote 26 6 - 1 25
Feldt, KyleKyle Feldt 9 8 1 - 34
Granville, JakeJake Granville 28 10 - - 40
Hall, GlennGlenn Hall 3 - - - -
Hannant, BenBen Hannant 28 - - - -
Hess, CoenCoen Hess 1 1 - - 4
Hoare, SamSam Hoare 9 - - - -
Kaufusi, PatrickPatrick Kaufusi 1 - - - -
King, CameronCameron King 2 - - - -
Kostjasyn, RoryRory Kostjasyn 23 1 - - 4
Linnett, KaneKane Linnett 28 10 - - 40
Lowe, EthanEthan Lowe 28 4 8 - 32
Lui, RobertRobert Lui 4 - - - -
Moga, TautauTautau Moga 6 - - - -
Morgan, MichaelMichael Morgan 23 15 - - 60
O'Neill, JustinJustin O'Neill 26 13 - - 52
Scott, MatthewMatthew Scott 25 3 - - 12
Spina, BenBen Spina 5 1 - - 4
Tamou, JamesJames Tamou 24 2 - - 8
Tanginoa, KelepiKelepi Tanginoa 3 - - - -
Taumalolo, JasonJason Taumalolo 26 2 - - 8
Thompson, RayRay Thompson 9 1 - - 4
Thurston, JohnathanJohnathan Thurston 25 4 93 6 208
Winterstein, AntonioAntonio Winterstein 26 16 - - 64
Wright, MatthewMatthew Wright 17 9 - - 36
Totals 119 102 7 687

Representatives[edit]

The following players have played a representative match in 2015

All Stars match ANZAC Test Melanesian Cup Polynesian Cup State of Origin 1 State Of Origin 2 State of Origin 3
Viliame Kikau
-
-
Fiji
-
-
-
-
Tautau Moga
-
-
-
Samoa
-
-
-
Michael Morgan
-
-
-
-
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
Matthew Scott
-
Australia
-
-
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
James Tamou
-
Australia
-
-
New South Wales
New South Wales
New South Wales
Jason Taumalolo
NRL All Stars
-
-
-
-
-
-
Ray Thompson
Indigenous All Stars
-
Papua New Guinea
-
-
-
-
Johnathan Thurston
Indigenous All Stars
Australia
-
-
Queensland
Queensland
Queensland
Antonio Winterstein
NRL All Stars
-
-
-
-
-
-

Honours[edit]

League[edit]

Club[edit]

Feeder Clubs[edit]

National Youth Competition[edit]

Queensland Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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