Date: Saturday July 26th
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Mitch Brown, Corey Thompson, Josh Morris, Timoteo Lafai, Drury Low, Moses Mbye, Trent Hodkinson, Sam Kasiano, Michael Ennis, James Graham, Josh Jackson, Tony Williams, Greg Eastwood.
Interchange: Reni Maitua, Dale Finucane, Pat O’Hanlon, Lloyd Perrett, Damien Cook
North Queensland Cowboys:
Michael Morgan, Matthew Wright, Tautau Moga, Kane Linnett, Antonio Winterstein, Robert Lui, Johnathan Thurston, Ashton Sims, Rory Kostjasyn, James Tamou, Tariq Sims, Jason Taumalolo, Glenn Hall.
Interchange: Ray Thompson, Scott Bolton, John Asiata, Sam Hoare
It is all about finals footy as we reach Round 20 with some sides trying to cement a place in the top eight while others are attempting to sneak in late on and extend their season.
We have one of each in this Saturday night clash as the Canterbury Bulldogs are looking to stay in the top four and push for a minor premiership meanwhile, the North Queensland Cowboys are down in tenth but very much in with a shout of finals footy as only two points separate them from sixth position.
Last week saw the Doggies hit a speed bump in their rise to the top as a young and hungry Tigers side beat them convincingly 46-18.
The Cowboys on the other hand ended an 11 month wait for a win away from home by defeating the Sharks 18-36 in Sydney and have their work cut out again as they travel to a stadium where they haven’t won since 2006.
The Cowboys are unchanged as they look for back to back away victories however, the Bulldogs welcome back Josh Morris who returns from injury and Moses Mbye is named in the halves. The pack is reshuffled as Josh Jackson moves back to second row, Greg Eastwood is back at lock and Sam Kasiano fills in for the absent Tim Browne in the front row.
Canterbury have been one of the competitions best sides and will look to Trent Hodkinson for inspiration as he has excelled since making his Origin debut with James Graham also staking a claim for the best forward in the world at the moment with his performances.
The reliable Jonathan Thurston will have to be on form if the Cowboys are going to succeed yet it could be up front where the battle is won with James Tamou and Ashton Sims, who is coming to the end of his time in Townsville, in top form and could cause problems for the Doggies.
Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from last week’s humiliation and the Cowboys have to be aware because it could be taken out on them if they are not up to the task.
It will be a compelling battle between two sides with different season goals but the shared goal of taking two vital competition points away from this game.
Bulldogs by 14.
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