Cowboys face a titanic battle to stay at the top

The Queensland Cowboys and the Queensland Titans have stamped themselves at the teams to beat heading into the Men's Elite Eight semi-finals at the National Touch League.

The standouts of the competition have both finished on 24 competition points at the end of the regular season, six points clear of their nearest rivals.

Although hard to split, the Cowboys claim top spot because of an outstanding for and against after scoring 72 touchdowns in seven games.

The reigning premiers will be favourites going into the finals series and their opposition are going to find it hard to stop them from going back-to-back.

The Cowboys will face the New South Wales Mets in their semi-final after a horrible day's play for the New South Welshmen.

The Mets lost both of their games on day three after looking like they could push for a top-two finish.

A one-touchdown loss to the Titans and a two-touchdown loss to the New South Wales Scorpions meant they slipped down to 4th.

Playing the Cowboys in the semi-finals isn't the worst result for the Mets after they pushed the Queenslanders all the way in their previous meeting.

The Cowboys won that match 6-5, but the Mets will be confident they can get the job done.

The Titans will play the Scorpions in tomorrow's other semi-final and it promises to be a great contest.

Their one previous meeting in the tournament resulted in a 7-6 nail biter that the Scorpions won.

Last year's grand finalists the New South Wales Mavericks will be watching on from the sidelines after failing to repeat last year's efforts.

The Mavericks finished 5th after a poor showing in defence throughout the tournament, with the team conceding 47 touchdowns in seven games.

That was seven more than any team in the top four and this proved to be the difference.

The Queensland Broncos and the Alliance also conceded 47 touchdowns for the tournament, with neither looking like a side of finals quality.
One highlight was their clash on day three, with the Broncos winning 5-4 in a thriller.

It pushed the Broncos to 6th place, one above the Alliance, and therefore they will feel they have bragging rights.

The winless New South Wales Rebels failed to end their tournament on a high note, suffering comfortable losses to the Scorpions and the Mavericks on day three.

It's been a terrible competition for both the male and female Rebels sides, with each going through their respective Elite Eight competitions without a win.

On a more positive note, talented Cowboy Shaun Francis finished the regular season with 14 touchdowns – leading the competition by five.

He will be one of many Cowboys hoping to go all the way tomorrow when the Queensland side kicks off their finals campaign against the Mets at 12:25PM.


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