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Ahead of our Round 15 clash against the North Queensland Cowboys on Friday night, take a look back at these three classic matches between the two sides.

St George Illawarra Dragons 28 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 22
Saturday, April 15, 2017
WIN Stadium.

In a game of two halves, a ruthless Dragons showing in the opening 40 minutes saw the Red V run in five tries to the Cowboys' one to lead 28-4 at the break.

A double to Tim Lafai along with tries to Gareth Widdop, Kurt Mann and Nene McDonald helped blow out the score-line.

The Cowboys stormed home in the second half to score three-unanswered tries and go close to causing a boil over, in a game they were without future immortal Johnathan Thurston.

Moving within a converted try of the Dragons with 18 minutes still left to play, a try-saving effort from Macdonald at the death all but sealed the contest and gave the Dragons their sixth victory of the season.

St George Illawarra Dragons 27 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 24
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah

A Jason Nightingale hat-trick gave the Dragons the edge before Gareth Widdop's boot saved the day in this tense clash.

With both sides scoring five tries each, it was the goal-kicking of Widdop which won the Dragons the two competition points. Widdop slotted three goals from five attempts before adding an extra point with five minutes left to play. 

Without their first choice kicker Jonathon Thurston, Ethan Lowe took charge and only managed two from five to leave the Dragons with a three-point lead.

The Cowboys broke the deadlock after just five minutes, though three tries from the Dragons quickly followed. Tariq Sims scored first in the second half (although he was a Cowboy at the time) which was closely followed by a Cowboys score-leveller from Curtis Rona.  

Who else but Nightingale would step up at game's end – two more tries from the New Zealand international helping close the game out.

St George Illawarra Dragons 34 defeated North Queensland Cowboys 4
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Jubilee Oval, Kogarah

A 28-point rampage in the second half blew the Cowboys off the park in a near perfect closing 40.

A rough first half fought out in front of 15,260 fans at Jubilee Oval saw two players leave the field injured for the rest of the match including Dragons halfback Mathew Head.

The half-time scoreboard read 6-4 in way of the Dragons who had a seemingly tough task ahead without their halfback on the field.

The Red V would rally and storm home with a vengeance running in five tries and keeping the Cowboys scoreless. Wes Naiqama crossed over for a double while Colin Best, Clint Greenshields, Shane Marteene and Michael Ennis all found their way across the line. 

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