NRL match preview: North Queensland Cowboys v Newcastle Knights

Date: Monday 7th April 2014
Venue: 1300 Smiles Stadium
Kick-off: 7pm



1 Michael Morgan 2 Kyle Feldt 3 Brent Tate 4 Kane Linnett 5 Antonio Winterstein 6 Johnathan Thurston 7 Robert Lui 8 Matt Scott 9 Rory Kostjasyn 10 James Tamou 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Jason Taumalolo 13 Tariq Sims Interchange 14 Ray Thompson 15 Glenn Hall 16 Ashton Sims 17 Scott Bolton


1 Darius Boyd 2 James McManus 3 Dane Gagai 4 Joey Leilua 5 Akuila Uate 6 Michael Dobson 7 Tyrone Roberts 8 Kade Snowden 9 Kurt Gidley 10 Willie Mason 11 Beau Scott 12 Robbie Rochow 13 Jeremy Smith Interchange 14 Adam Clydsdale 15 Korbin Sims 17 Adam Cuthbertson 18 David Fa’alogo 19 Zane Tetevano


Two desperate teams in North Queensland and Newcastle battle it out in Monday night football at 1300 Smile Stadium.

Paul Green has stuck with the same seventeen that went down 13-12 against the Gold Coast Titans last Monday night.  After winning the inaugural Nines tournament, the Cowboys are facing a fourth straight defeat.  Once again there’s a heavy reliance on Johnathan Thurston to get the side home.  There will be increasing pressure on Michael Morgan at the back as Zac Santo is waiting in the wings to play regular NRL.

Newcastle on the other hand are coming off an emotional charged victory over Cronulla last Sunday.  They too are unchanged line-up for the trip to Townsville.  The Knights have the tryscoring capability to test the Cowboys.  Expect Akuila Uate, James McManus and Dane Gagai to throw everything at the Cowboys in attack.

Such an emotional victory can be hard to backup.  Having said that Wayne Bennett is a master coach and no side he puts out on the field is under prepared.  In a game where there’s two big forward packs, it’s likely the back half of the game will open up and one of these teams run away with victory.


North Queensland should be able to get the two points here with Newcastle struggling to back up from last week.

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