Date: Friday 14th March 2014
Kick-off: 7:40pm (Brisbane time)
Broncos: 1 Ben Barba 2 Daniel Vidot 3 Jack Reed 4 Dale Copley 5 Lachlan Maranta 6 Josh Hoffman 7 Ben Hunt 8 Josh McGuire 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Corey Parker (c) 11 Alex Glenn 12 Sam Thaiday 13 Matt Gillett Interchange 14 Ben Hannant 15 Martin Kennedy 16 Todd Lowrie 17 Jarrod Wallace 18 David Hala
Cowboys: 1 Michael Morgan 2 Kyle Feldt 3 Brent Tate 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Johnathan Thurston (c) 7 Robert Lui 8 Matt Scott (c) 9 Ray Thompson 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Jason Taumalolo 13 Joel Riethmuller Interchange 14 Rory Kostjasyn 15 Tariq Sims 16 Glenn Hall 17 Scott Bolton 18 Ashton Sims
With both teams victorious last weekend, Brisbane host the Cowboys in the first of the Queensland derby’s for 2014.
Brisbane is unchanged from last weekend’s solid win over the Bulldogs in Sydney. North Queensland have added Ashton Sims to the bench.
North Queensland were expected to dominate Canberra, but trailed for a fair amount of the game before registering a six point win. Johnathan Thurston will be keen to put in a big performance. There’s no doubt his game is accommodated for the quick restarts and faster play being introduced by the National Rugby League this year. A big forward pack will cause the Broncos some problems.
The Broncos have been criticised for the kicking games of Ben Hunt and Josh Hoffman. Expect this week a little more dummy half kicking from Andrew McCullough, who escaped punishment from the Match Review Committee over a high tackle. Brisbane struggled in the second half against a resurgent Bulldogs, before scoring the match winning try. North Queensland are a team who will take advantage of this unlike the Bulldogs last week.
North Queensland to be too strong in what should be a good Queensland derby.