NRL match preview: North Queensland Cowboys vs Wests Tigers

Date: Saturday 9th August
Venue: 1300 Smiles Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm


North Queensland Cowboys: 1. Michael Morgan 2. Tautau Moga 3. Matthew Wright 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Robert Lui 7. Johnathan Thurston (c) 8. Matt Scott (c) 9. Rory Kostjasyn 10. Ashton Sims 11. Tariq Sims 12. Jason Taumalolo 13. Glenn Hall Interchange: 14. Ray Thompson 15. Scott Bolton 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Sam Hoare 18. John Asiata

Wests Tigers: 1. Mitchell Moses 2. Keith Lulia 3. Tim Simona 4. Bodene Thompson 5. Pat Richards 6. Blake Austin 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah (c) 10. Keith Galloway 11. Curtis Sironen 12. Dene Halatau 13. Adam Blair Interchange: 14. Ava Seumanufagai 15. Martin Taupau 16. Sauaso Sue 17. James Gavet


The North Queensland Cowboys host the Wests Tigers at 1300 Smiles Stadium on Saturday night.

The Cowboys have named the same 17 from their win against the Gold Coast Titans last weekend. The only change this week is forward John Asiata has been added to an extended bench.

For the Tigers, Luke Brooks returns at halfback after being a late exclusion in the loss to the Storm last Monday night. The return of Brooks sees a re-shuffle with Curtis Sironen returning to the second row and Sitaleki Akauola is out through suspension, as is Bodene Thompson despite being named this week.

The Cowboys welcomed back Matt Scott and Gavin Cooper last week but unfortunately lost James Tamou meaning their strongest side will not take the field for another week.

The away side will be missing both Braith Anasta and James Tedesco again who are both out for the season, meaning if the Tigers are going to make the finals they will do it without two of their most pivotal players.

North Queensland are the team in form going into this game after finally finding their mojo away from home. This game is a home game for them though and on the back of the recent performances of Johnathan Thurston, the Cowboys will be too strong for the under-pressure Tigers side.


Cowboys by 14.

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