Ecstatic Cowboy Kyle Feldt is congratulated by teammate Justin O'Neill after scoring the game-winning try against the Panthers.
Ecstatic Cowboy Kyle Feldt is congratulated by teammate Justin O'Neill after scoring the game-winning try against the Panthers. MICHAEL CHAMBERS

VIDEO: Ice-cool Lowe completes Cowboys' great escape

WITHOUT Johnathan Thurston the Cowboys resembled little more than a popgun attack for the best part of an hour, but their biggest gunslingers still fired when it mattered most in a thrilling 14-12 defeat of Penrith on Saturday.

As Thurston sat on the sidelines, stand-in goal kicker Ethan Lowe finished Penrith with a sideline conversion that never looked like missing, finishing off a game North Queensland rarely looked like wining.

Lowe's towering 79th-minute touchline goal looked an eerie carbon copy of Thurston's famed shot to sink NSW some 72 hours earlier.

It came after 20 minutes of quality from Michael Morgan and powerhouse showings from young bucks Jason Taumalolo and Coen Hess, and they proved enough to pip the Panthers at the death.

Morgan finished with two try-assists, including the matchwinning chip kick for a flying Kyle Feldt just inches inside the right hand sideline.

Hess (220 running metres) and Taumalolo (208m with eight tackle busts) finished with more yardage to their name than Penrith's entire starting pack (339m for those playing at home), and ultimately proved the difference.

The Cowboys' Coen Hess looks for a gap in the Panthers defence.
The Cowboys' Coen Hess looks for a gap in the Panthers defence. MICHAEL CHAMBERS
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