Thurston inspires Cowboys to Sea Eagles victory

North Queensland Cowboys ended their three-game losing streak in style with a 26-12 victory over the Manly Sea Eagles on Thursday.

The Cowboys have endured a miserable NRL campaign and found themselves second bottom heading into their 13th match, but a fourth win of the season lifts them level with Manly.

Johnathan Thurston's reassuring presence in the midfield helped North Queensland control proceedings at Lottoland, the five-eighth kicking with precision throughout.

He slotted two first-half penalties and converted three of the Cowboys' four tries to finish with 10 points to his name.

Antonio Winterstein crossed twice for the visitors, while Jason Taumalolo clocked up 234 metres in a scintillating performance - one that was rewarded with a first-half try.

For Manly it was another frustrating outing as they suffered a sixth loss in their past seven meetings with the Cowboys, the Sea Eagles always chasing the game despite taking an early lead.

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