NRL match preview: Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys

Date: Saturday 12th April
Venue: Campbelltown Sports Stadium
Kick-off: 7:30pm (local)


Wests Tigers

1 Kurtis Rowe 2 David Nofoaluma 3 Tim Simona 4 Chris Lawrence 5 Pat Richards 6 Blake Austin 7 Luke Brooks 8 Aaron Woods 9 Robbie Farah (c) 10 Keith Galloway 11 Liam Fulton 12 Bodene Thompson 13 Adam Blair Interchange 14 Martin Taupau 15 Ava Seumanufagai 16 James Gavet 17 Sitaleki Akauola 18 Keith Lulia


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


These two sides go into this match up with wins under their belts from Round 5 as Wests Tigers pulled off a shock victory against Manly Sea Eagles in a 34-18 thrashing and North Queensland Cowboys dominated the Knights with a 28-2 victory at home.

The Tigers will be without James Tedesco as he hobbled off in last weeks victory as he fell awkwardly in the awful conditions. They will be looking to their forwards for a big performance again as Robbie Farah, Aaron Woods and Martin Taupau were dominant in the middle.

For the Cowboys they will be hoping that fullback Michael Morgan can build on his two-try performance against the Knights. The real battle will be in the middle as Matt Scott, James Tamou and Tariq Sims match the power that the Tigers have in the forwards however, if neither side can out-muscle the other then the Cowboys may have the edge in Jonathan Thurston. The reigning and two-time Golden Boot winner has the ability to turn games in his favour and the Tigers will be focused on keeping the half-back quiet.

Wests have claimed the scalps of Souths and Manly and on their day they have proven they can beat some of the best but inconsistency could come back to haunt them on this one. If they match last weeks performance it will be a victory for the home side although, if they do not the Cowboys have the quality to punish them.


My first prediction last week didn’t go so well as the Tigers upset Manly. After that performance I’m tipping the Tigers to win again this week, their forwards were outstanding last week and I think an 8 point win for Wests is on the cards.

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