The Cowboys raced to a 12-nil lead with Williams crossing twice in the first 12 minutes (both tries converted by Josh Hannay) but the Eagles quickly struck back through converted tries to Reeves and Dorn. Two more tries to the Cowboys saw them leading 22-12 into the break.
Soon after half time, Williams crossed for his third and a further try to Dezolt put the game firmly beyond the Eagles reach. Reeves scored for the home team in the dying minutes, with Williamson converting to make it three from three for the Eagles kicker.
The loss sees the Eagles slip out of the top eight and into tenth spot on the NRL ladder.
3:00PM, Sun 28 July 2002 Brookvale Oval Referee: P Simpkins
Northern Eagles 18 (Tries: Reeves (2), Dorn. Goals: Williamson 3/3) defeated by Nth Qld Cowboys 30 (Tries: Williams (3), Maddison, Bowman, Dezolt. Goals: Hannay 3/6)