Jem Nash previews this Friday night battle between the Cowboys and Warriors.
North Queensland Cowboys Vs New Zealand Warriors
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium
Date: Friday August 19, 6:00pm AEST
MATCHDAY TEAM NEWS
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Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Reuben Cotter 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Luciana Leilua 16. Coen Hess 17. Griffin Neame 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 19. Ben Hampton 20. Jake Granville 21. Brendan Elliot 22. Connelly Lemuelu
Kyle Feldt returns from injury on the wing which pushes Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to the bench and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown to the reserves.Embed from Getty Images
Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Viliami Vailea 4. Marcelo Montoya 5. Edward Kosi 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Jack Murchie 13. Bunty Afoa 14. Freddy Lussick 15. Tom Ale 16. Eliesa Katoa 17. Josh Curran 18. Chanel Haris-Tavita 20. Dunamis Lui 21. Jackson Frei 22. Adam Pompey 23. Rocco Berry
The Warriors are unchanged following their big win over the Bulldogs last week.
Referee: Chris Butler
This is an important match for the Cowboys as they look to hold onto second spot on the ladder after last week’s loss to the Roosters. A home game against the Warriors could provide them an opportunity to get back on track as they prepare for a tough final fortnight against the Rabbitohs and Panthers. The Warriors enjoyed one of their best wins of the season last week against the Bulldogs and will be hoping to carry that form into this hard match.
After a bit of a tough year for Shaun Johnson, he was very impressive with two try assists, a line break and a line break assist, while Reece Walsh produced two try assists of his own. The Warriors will need another big game from their halfback as well as their front row duo in Fonua-Blake and Harris who both eclipsed 200 running metres against the Bulldogs. If that pair can get their team on the front foot against a strong forward pack in the Cowboys, the Warriors could be in with a chance.
For the Cowboys, it’s about building momentum heading into finals. At their best, they’re a genuine contender, and they need to make sure they get the job done here against a bottom side. It’s up to the usual suspects in Drinkwater, Townsend and Taumalolo to lead the way to ensure they come away with a win.Embed from Getty Images
The head to head between the Cowboys and Warriors is completely even. The two sides have faced off on 40 occasions, with each team owning 20 wins apiece.
Cowboys by 12
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