Date: Friday 8th May
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
1 Michael Morgan 2 Matthew Wright 3 Brent Tate 4 Kane Linnett 5 Curtis Rona 6 Johnathan Thurston (c) 7 Ray Thompson 8 Matt Scott (c) 9 Rory Kostjasyn 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Jason Taumalolo 13 Tariq Sims Interchange 14 Cameron King 15 Glenn Hall 16 Ashton Sims 17 Scott Bolton
1 Ben Barba 2 Daniel Vidot 3 Jack Reed 4 Justin Hodges (c) 5 Dale Copley 6 Josh Hoffman 7 Ben Hunt 8 Josh McGuire 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Martin Kennedy 11 Alex Glenn 12 Corey Parker (c) 13 Matt Gillett Interchange 14 David Hala 15 Jarrod Wallace 16 Jake Granville 17 Corey Oates 18 Todd Lowrie
North Queensland are looking for back-to-back wins as they face Brisbane in Friday Night Football at 1300 Smiles Stadium. They sit one win outside the eight going into round nine and will go into the game bolstered by Brent Tate’s resigning for another season as his career winds down. Former Dragons hooker Cameron King will debut for the Cowboys at the expense of Anthony Mitchell. Gavin Cooper returns with Joel Riethmuller out of the squad.
Brisbane were edged out by South Sydney on ANZAC Day thriller at Suncorp Stadium and will be hoping to repeat their 16-12 triumph over the Cowboys in round 2. News during the week that Ben Hannant is on his way out of Red Hill next season has been further fuelled by his axing to Queensland Cup this week. David Hala is his replacement. Josh Hoffman returns with Justin Hodges to the centres. Lachlan Maranta the unlucky player to be dropped in a reshuffled backline from their last outing. Sam Thiaday is still missing through injury.
Another close game is expected and with Origin time around the corner, some of the big name players are looking to impress like JT, Brent Tate, Justin Hodges and Matt Gillett. North Queensland with the home advantage might prove just too good for their nearest rivals in the Queensland derby.