Michael Morgan and Kyle Feldt, two born and bred products of Townsville rugby league, are beginning to form a deadly right-hand side partnership. A rundown of their beginnings and bond gives an insight into the spectacle of the two.
Morgan debuted in 2010, filling in for the then injured Johnathan Thurston and in 2012 scored a hat-trick of tries against the Brisbane Broncos in an elimination final. Seven years on and he is stepping into Thurston’s shoes once more, having a massive impact on the team over the course of the 2017 season.
Feldt debuted in 2013 and was earmarked early as a youngster to look out for as his ability to finish in the corner was a delight for all fans to see, having wowed the crowds at the Auckland Nines in 2014.
Throughout their time at the Cowboys, the two have forged a partnership that has combined for some memorable moments of magic between the two. Both players possess that special spark and an ability to deliver in big moments in big games.
With Morgan’s astute kicking game and Feldt’s natural finishing abilities, the pair have sent the Cowboys crowd wild on many the occasion.
Forging of the relationship
2015 Grand Final – This play will go down in folklore. With every play epitomising the belief of the Cowboys never say die attitude it finally came down to the Cowboys newest superstars in Morgan and Feldt. Feldt stripped the ball from Ben Hunt, then Thurston was rushed by two would-be tacklers. The last wisp of hope was hoisted onto Morgan, told earlier in the week by players and staff alike to not be too adventurous and hold the ball with TWO hands!
From here Morgan attracted Anthony Milford, Jack Reed and Corey Oates. His one-handed flick pass found Feldt who placed down for the equalising try with seconds remaining.
A relationship sparked on a night of sheer jubilation for the Cowboys, going onto their first ever Grand Final with this special relationship to boom with time.
Rekindling of their partnership
Round 10 v Bulldogs – Morgan cross-field kick against the Bulldogs for Feldt, who simply had to catch and step his way around poorly positioned Bulldogs winger Brett Morris. This in the opening five minutes of the game settled the mood and had the Cowboys off to a great start.
Round 11 v Sharks – Morgan kicked for Feldt to out-jump Sosaia Feki and then out-muscle him after catching the ball.
Both came from cross-field kicks and were big plays in the grand scheme of things, allowing the Cowboys to build a steady lead.
Big moments between the two
Round 16 v Panthers – With the team relying on him, Morgan delivered a pinpoint cross for Feldt to fly through the air for and ground for a special match-winning try. The first big play since Thurston went down and their memorable 2015 Grand Final try and didn’t it pay dividends. As one of my ‘colleagues’ pointed out, the difference between the Cowboys making the Grand Final or finishing 9th this season was this play.
Round 25 v Wests Tigers– Morgan sent a grubber through and the flying Feldt surprised the Tigers, sprinting with blinding speed to ground the ball. The audacity and confidence of the kick was unbelievable yet key. So strong in his own belief, Morgan plummeted the ball towards the in-goal and knew that Feldt’s superhuman pace would get him on the end of it.
Semi final week 2 – A planned cross-field kick for Feldt was the latest example of their wieldy relationship. In the first half of a sudden death final, Morgan’s vision spotted the unmarked Feldt inside the Cowboys’ half and, whilst Morgan didn’t pull it off, it indicated the daring partnership the two have and the bravery to attempt the play inside their own half.
If the Cowboys are to pull off another Hail Mary on Sunday these two will feature somewhere in it. They epitomise everything the club is about and their partnership has blossomed particularly of late. If they can produce their best this weekend, then league fans all over the world are in for a treat.
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