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Cowboys win NRL Grand Final 2015

JOHNATHAN Thurston pulled off a miracle to secure the North Queensland Cowboys their first ever premiership as they beat the Brisbane Broncos 17-16 in the 2015 NRL grand final.

A Brisbane knock-on from the kick-off in the first half of golden point extra time gave the Cowboys perfect field position, and Thurston slotted a field goal to give his side the win.
The Cowboys looked finished when they were four points down with less than a minute remaining in normal time, but a Kyle Feldt strip and a freak Michael Morgan pass set up a try in the corner. Thurston had the chance to win the game with a sideline conversion, but his attempt hit the post.
Here’s how people reacted to the greatest grand final in NRL history.
THE PLAYERS
JOHNATHAN Thurston looked like he was barely able to stand, let alone speak after the win, but the few words he did say perfectly summed up most people’s sentiments.
“I’m speechless...I can’t believe it,” Thurston told broadcaster Channel 9.
“This is why we play the game.
“They’ve (his teammates) sacrificed so much throughout the year...it was a team effort throughout the year.”
Speaking to the media, JT said: “Whoever's come in has done a job for us. That was evident during the Origin period.
“I’ve never been prouder of the boys.”
Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott said: “It’ll be mayhem (in Townsville) and so it should be…we’ve finally got a premiership to bring home to them.
“I’m so proud of the boys…the ability to be able to stick with it, they just kept turning up for each other.”
Pivot Michael Morgan echoed Scott’s belief that the win was as important for the North Queensland region as it was for the players and supporters.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Morgan.
“It’s awesome to do it for the whole region, the whole of North Queensland.”
Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt sounded as if he was in shock.
“It just doesn’t feel real,” Feldt told Channel Nine.
Jason Taumalolo said he would never forget the game.
“This will stay with me for the rest of my life. This is what we play for,” said the Cowboys back-rower.
Confetti angels!Source:Getty Images
Bronco Sam Thaiday seemed too stunned to comprehend what had just happened.
“I don’t even know what Wayne (Bennett) said, but one minute, that’s all it took to lose a grand final tonight,” said Thaiday.
“It was a tough old game and one that’s probably going to go down in history.”
Retiring Broncos captain Justin Hodges had a message for all the Brisbane supporters: “To all the Broncos fans back home, I’m sorry”.
But he had no regrets, maintaining a positive attitude in the face of defeat.
“My boys gave everything and that’s all I could ask for.
“I love them dearly...for me I’m fine, for my boys they’re feeling it hard, but they’re only going to learn from it. They’re a young side and they’ll get better.
“I was a boy from Cairns with a big dream, and I got to live that dream.”
He also stood by halfback Ben Hunt, whose error gave the Cowboys perfect field position to kick the match-winning point.
“Without Benny Hunt we wouldn’t be here today. He’s been our rock all year,” said Hodges.
“It’s not Ben Hunt’s fault.”
Hodges’ career ended on a sad note.
Hodges’ career ended on a sad note.Source:Getty Images
FORMER AND CURRENT PLAYERS
FORMER Broncos captain Gordon Tallis labelled the game the “greatest grand final ever”.
Speaking to Johnathan Thurston, he said: “I reckon they’re starting to build your statue now.
“I love you as a Queenslander and I love you more as a North Queenslander.”
Peter Sterling was actually moved by what he witnessed. “I got emotional. Why would I get emotional?” said the former Parramatta halfback.
Ex-Maroons star Wally Lewis had nothing but praise for Johnathan Thurston.
“He’s the man of the decade, the man of the lifetime,” said Lewis.

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