Mitchell Watson and Michael Bloomfield, Warwick, tackle Connor Williams, Souths, on Sunday.
Mitchell Watson and Michael Bloomfield, Warwick, tackle Connor Williams, Souths, on Sunday. Nev Madsen

Outside back puts on five-star performance for Cowboys

RUGBY LEAGUE: A late Mitch Watson hat-trick has broken the hearts of the Southern Suburbs Tigers.

Trailing by two and having to defend multiple sets on their own line, the Warwick Cowboys withstood a Tigers barrage.

As they finally got their hands on the ball, Coedie Tandy broke away on the last tackle as Warwick attacked the Tigers line, finding Watson to steal victory in the 75th minute, lifting the Cowboys to a 26-22 victory.

The home side crossed for first points, capitalising on good field position courtesy of a Cowboys forward pass, as a Mitch Tuite kick found Dylan Brassel, who scored in his first A-grade game of the season

It didn't take long for the Cowboys to return serve, as Ben Sullivan threw a cutout pass to put Tyrelle Ross into space, who linked with Mitch Watson on his inside to score.

Warwick had its first lead of the game in the 23rd minute as fullback Craig Donn contorted his way through a number of Tigers defenders to cross the line and put the Cowboys in front 12-6.

Tuite was again the catalyst for the Tigers second try as a backline movement worked into the hands of Les Hartivgsen, who gave Brassel his second of the afternoon.

Watson's second just minutes later edged the Cowboys again in front by a converted try.

Southern Suburbs came out of the sheds firing, firstly through an intercept try to Tuite, and then another through Ben Howard off the ensuing set of six to put them ahead 20-18 after 48 minutes.

Despite being down to 12 men following captain Michael Bloomfield being sent to the sin bin for an off-the-ball incident, Ross made his debut a memorable one with a try in the scoreboard corner.

A strike of fortune played into the Tigers hands as they had a kick charged down, only to be regathered by Ethan Hearn, who found Howard to put him over in the corner for his second.