North Queensland saw off a tough first half to run over the top of Leeds in the second half and win the World Club Challenge 38-4.
It was fast and furious in the first 40 minutes. Leeds were up for the battle and matched North Queensland in attack and defence.
Ball-handling let the Rhinos down at times, but they scrambled well and matched the NRL premiers early.
Cuthbertson offloaed perfectly at the line and Burrow dived over. Jordan Lilley couldn’t covertt but it was all tied up.
There were half-breaks aplenty but neither team couldn’t finish an opportunity. The intensity in this match was high, unlike the first two World Club Series games.
At half-time it was still 4-4 after Leeds showed real grit to keep the Cowboys out, after they had repeat sets on their line.
But a crucial error just after the break gifted North Queesnland an easy try.
The Cowboys posted another soon after, and the Rhinos began to fall apart.
Tries flowed in to Thurston, Justin O’Neill, Kyle Felvt and Lachlan Coote. Leeds were out on their feet after a brutal first 40.
The game opened up and North Queensland controlled proceedings expertly.