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Last Updated: 09/07/20 1: 40 pm
Matt Ikuvalu took advantage of an unforeseen chance by running in 5 attempts as Sydney Roosters overwhelmed North Queensland Cowboys 42-16 in Thursday’s NRL clash.
The winger was initially called as 18 th male in the Roosters team however was thrust into the beginning line- up when Brett Morris brought up injury in the pre- match warm- up.
It showed to be a fairy- tale for the 26- year- old as he blazed a trail for the Roosters, assisting them resist from 6 points down to tape a thumping win at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Prior to the match, Ikuvalu had actually just scored 4 attempts in his previous 15 very first- grade looks and ended up being the very first Roosters gamer given that 1955 to score 5 in a match.
It was the hosts who remained in the ascendancy early on however, capitalising on a disjointed start from the ruling champs when Reece Robson darted from dummy- half following a strong run from skipper Jason Taumalolo to open the scoring on 24 minutes.
Kyle Feldt kicked the conversion from practically in front of the posts, however then saw a charge effort from close quarters returned off the posts 5 minutes later on which would have provided his side an 8- 0 lead.
The Roosters reacted quickly to that let- off and were back on level terms when James Tedesco set Ikuvalu up for his very first shot of the match out broad on the right, which was transformed by Kyle Flanagan.
The visitors took the lead in the 36 th minute when Siosiua Taukeiaho burst through and sent out Sitili Tupouniua racing away for a 2nd modified rating that made it 12 -6 at half- time.
It was practically one- method traffic when play resumed however and Ikuvalu revealed exceptional athleticism to dive over and plant the ball down in the corner for an unconverted rating 2 minutes after the reboot.
He finished his hat- technique by handling to prevent being pushed into touch and round off another streaming attack from Trent Robinson’s group 3 minutes later on, followed by stand- off Luke Keary getting 2 transformed attempts in fast succession.
Ikuvalu then equalled his profession tally prior to the match on the hour mark, taking a pass from Flanagan to end up, and made it 5 for the night 4 minutes later on when he jumped to score from a cross- field kick by Keary.
Coen Hess and Robson handled late alleviation pursues the Cowboys as the hosts ended up with a thrive, however this video game was everything about the Roosters and Ikuvalu in specific.