Thurston got the Cowboys’ first try although Brett Morris replied with two
scores to take the Dragons out in front before Thurston hit back with a
penalty to make the half-time score 10-8.
The Cowboys earned a number of repeat sets which eventually led to James
Tamou crossing shortly before Thurston grabbed his brace.
Morris and Thurston traded scores before the 22-year-old raced over for a
remarkable fourth try to bring the Dragons back into it.
Newcastle held on for a tense victory over Gold Coast 23-18 at Energy
The Titans did not lie down and replied before half time with a score from
Kevin Gordon meaning they were just 18-14 down at the break.
A Scott Prince penalty put the Titans within range before a score from Will
Zillman looked to have stolen it.
But it was not to be after referee Sean Hampstead disallowed ruling that Junior Sau had been held back at marker.
A Jamie Lyon-inspired Manly shocked in-form Brisbane 22-20 at Suncorp
A chip and chase score from Lyon after the break was followed up by a score
for Michael Bani before Lyon grabbed his hat-trick after racing onto Glenn
The Broncos woke up and registered a score through Antonio Winterstein just before fulltime, although Corey Parker was not on target with the conversion
leaving the Sea Eagles to claim the points.
Despite being on the end of a hefty penalty count Melbourne were able to overcome Sydney Roosters 28-12
Turner returned from the bin and registered the Storm’s next try just five minutes before half time when he got on the end of a well-worked movement from the Melbourne backline.
Ryan Hoffman darted over from dummy half soon after to give Melbourne a handy 16-6 half time lead.