North Queensland Cowboys legend Jonathan Thurston was back to his usual brilliant self on Friday night, scoring a try and getting the better of his great mate Cameron Smith in his team’s 16-14 defeat of the Melbourne Storm in a rain-soaked testimonial game in Brisbane.
The Storm were seconds away victory after Billy Walters – son of Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters – scored a try minutes from full-time.
But as he has done so many times in his storied career, Thurston stepped up in crunch time, delivering a kick for winger Kyle Feldt to score his third try of the evening.
Cowboys fans got what they came for when Thurston dummied and stepped over for a try moments before half-time, giving his team an 8-4 lead at the break.
Melbourne opened the scoring through winger Young Tonumaipea before Feldt gathered in Michael Morgan’s well-placed cross-kick with one hand and touched down to make it 4-4.
Torrential rain prevented the game from opening up, but both teams did their best to be creative in the slippery conditions.