The old firm of Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen were reunited for North Queensland in Cairns on Saturday night, but Gold Coast halfback Scott Prince’s conversion after the siren spoiled the party in their NRL trial match. The Titans’ Clinton Toopi scored in the final minute before Prince spotted the winning conversion to claim a 24-22 win in atrocious conditions at Barlow Park in Cairns. It was not before the Cowboys’ star pair Bowen and Thurston combined magnificently to please coach Neil Henry. Bowen has spent much of the past three seasons battling a series of knee injuries, but is finally back to full fitness. Henry was thrilled to see the pair link up for a try just prior to half-time and knows it’s imperative they have standout seasons if the Cowboys are to be a force in 2011. For the Titans, Greg Bird wore the No.6 jersey but spent a bulk of his time in the second row. Breakaway tries to speedsters Kevin Gordon and David Mead, and a try to Prince, set up an eight-point Titans lead. But the Cowboys hit back with tries to Scott Bolton and Matt Scott to take a four-point lead with 13 minutes left on the clock. But Toopi’s last minute try snatched the victory for the Titans. New Cowboy Dallas Johnson showed his worth with a tireless effort in defence, while livewire fullback Shannon Walker sparkled when given the chance to start for the Titans.

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