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Dyldam Parramatta Eels hooker Nathan Peats has lamented the “pathetic” twelve minutes of play that saw North Queensland Cowboys wrestle back the lead to post a 36-30 victory at Pirtek Stadium on Monday night.

The Blue and Gold built a comfortable 30-6 lead in the first 45 minutes of the match, before the visitors clawed their way ahead in what amounted to the third biggest comeback in NRL history. 

“When we were 30-6 up we spoke about how [Johnathan] Thurston plays and the way they’re going to keep fighting to the end,” Peats said.

“We can talk all we want but we obviously didn’t do what we said.”

“They just kept getting the roll on and roll on and we just allowed them to roll us 100 metres. [For the Cowboys] to score four tries off kicks is pretty pathetic if you ask me.”

“If it’s a decent kick or whatever then fair enough, but the ones we let grubber through, not even putting our feet out to stop it and just letting them dive on it … it’s not good enough.”