Current ladder position: 6th (as of 3/8/14)
Points differential: +106
Run Home: Wests Tigers (H), Penrith (A), South Sydney (A), Cronulla (H), Manly (H)
North Queensland are in a strong position to finish in the top four if they continue their current late-season form. Last night’s victory over the Titans puts the Cowboys two points away from reaching that position. They are on a three game winning streak and most importantly, broken their away drought with back to back victories over Cronulla and Canterbury.
While Johnathon Thurston continues to be the most important player to the Cowboys chances, the form of Matt Scott has been sensational. If he continues this career best form the Cowboys will go close to winning each of their remaining matches. Gavin Cooper can’t be underestimated either as injured stars return to the paddock at the right time of the season.
If thirty points is the cutoff, the Cowboys need to win three of five. With an eight win and one loss record at 1300 Smiles Stadium you would expect them to crack the thirty point mark. If they can pick up a win against Penrith or Souths on the road it will be a bonus. The Penrith game looking the most likely of the two.
A great job by Paul Green in his first full year at the helm to not only pick up the inaugural Auckland Nines tournament, but get the Cowboys into a position to have a good tilt at the Premiership. Cowboys fans will be wishing that they can break the Sydney finals hoodoo and not be on the wrong side of controversial calls by officials.
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