Date: Saturday May 17
Venue: 1300 Smiles Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm

Teams

Cowboys: Michael Morgan, Matthew Wright, Brent Tate, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Johnathan Thurston, Ray Thompson, Matthew Scott, Rory Kostjasyn, James Tamou, Gavin Cooper, Jason Taumalolo, Tariq Sims. Interchange: Cameron King, Ethan Lowe, Ashton Sims, Scott Bolton, Glenn Hall

Roosters: Anthony Minichiello, Daniel Tupou, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Michael Jennings, Poger Tuivasa-Sheck, Sonny Bill Williams, James Maloney, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jake Friend, Sam Moa, Boyd Cordner, Mitchell Aubusson, Aiden Guerra, Daniel Mortimer, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Isaac Liu, Dylan Napa, Samisoni Langi

Preview

This match up promises to be an interesting affair as two sides who’s fortunes have changed in recent weeks go head to head in their continued push up the NRL Ladder.
The Cowboys and the Roosters both had poor starts to their campaign however now they have both hit form and one side’s momentum has got to give come Saturday in Queensland.
It’s two in a row for the home side going into this one with their most recent a 27-14 triumph over the early pace setters Brisbane Broncos to put the Cowboys in 10th spot on eight points.
Two points ahead and in forth are the reigning Premiers Sydney who have enjoyed a run of form which has seen them win their last three games, the last of those a comfortable win 30-6 against Wests Tigers who are another side which have surprised the competition with their good start to the season.
The Cowboys will be happy to see the return of Antonio Winterstein to their side after a month-long absence however it comes at the cost of the injured Curtis Rona. Ray Thompson also returns as coach Paul Green favoured him over halfback Robert Lui. Tariq Sims will play, meaning Scott Bolton moves to the bench.
Mitchell Pearce has been fined and suspended by the Roosters meaning he will miss this game and will be replaced by James Maloney at seven with Sonny Bill Williams stepping up to play five-eighth which is a sight everyone will be excited to see this weekend. Mitch Aubusson will start and Daniel Mortimer is on the bench.

Prediction

I had another bad prediction last week as the close game I called was a blow out. This week I am at risk of the same thing happening as it could go either way, a Rampant Roosters or a close fought victory for one of the sides. I am going to go for the Roosters by 12 for this one.

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My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL