Clifford saddles up to lead Cowboys to upset win over Roosters

A depleted North Queensland Cowboys side snared an upset win over Sydney Roosters with young half Jake Clifford nailing a last-minute field goal.

In the absence of the injured Michael Morgan,  Clifford led the Cowboys with aplomb, scoring a try and slotting two goals as well as the all important field goal to clinch the 15-12 win at Gosford to celebrate Gavin Cooper's 300th game in style.

Jake Clifford celebrates after scoring in the first half.Credit:AAP

But their lead didn't last long. Deputy half John Asiata found space after a big right step, then powered through the line and reached out to score with 10 minutes remaining. Clifford's conversion squared the ledger.

The visitors stole the win with a minute to go when Clifford nailed a field goal, slotting his third attempt on target to make it 13-12, before converting a penalty goal after the siren to enhance the winning margin.

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