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Cowboys lose Winterstein for prelim final

  • Cowboys lose Winterstein for prelim final

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Antonio Winterstein of the Cowboys scores a try as Johnathan Thurston looks on during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the North Queensland Cowboys at AAMI Park on September 10, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Winger Antonio Winterstein has lost his race against time to prove his fitness ahead of North Queensland's NRL preliminary final against Cronulla on Friday night.

Boom teenager Kalyn Ponga remains on standby for veteran centre Kane Linnett when the Cowboys flew out for Sydney on Wednesday.

Cowboys assistant Todd Payten ran a line through Winterstein's name as a rowdy North Queensland contingent bid farewell to their beloved NRL club at Townsville airport.

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