Doesn't win style points but it does win two points.
It wasn't pretty: Last year's grand finalists are on the brink of missing the postseason and are trailing at half time, of course they're going to play lights out in the second half! It was messy but that defensive effort by the Warriors was impressive when watching the replay (not so much in real time). James Gavet came up big against Jason Taumalolo on a few occasions while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is easily the best defensive fullback in the game.
The real MVP: Have to say Ken Maumalo. With David Fusitua out a lot more was expected of Maumalo and he delivered. He's become safe under the high ball, is essentially our main frontrower and is scoring tries when Kata isn't passing him the ball (because he never does).
What about the other guys?: One season too many. The North Queensland Cowboys have players who are too old or just have too many miles on the odometer. Jonathan Thurston really should have retired last season and handed the reins over to Michael Morgan and Te Maire Martin but he hasn't so North Queensland fans are watching a team that, unless desperate like tonight, have a rudderless attack. Expecting the Cowboys to bounce back in 2019 but first they need a few guys to hang up the boots.
Potential Kiwis: Good to hear the commentators saying that the Warriors will not be allowing Tuivasa-Sheck, Johnson or Luke to play for the Kiwis due to their injuries this season. I expect Peta Hiku to get the call since the Warriors have a number of outside backs in the NSW Cup (Gelling, Ayshford, Nicoll-Klokstad) who can step in. Tohu Harris will probably be named along with Adam Blair while Cowboys stand off Te Maire Martin will earn a call up too.