Matt Bowen has been impressive for the Cowboys this season. Image courtesy of: couriermail.com.au
North Queensland will be hoping to put an end to Wests Tigers recent dominance at Dairy Farmers Stadium when they lock horns in Monday night football. The Tigers are no strangers to winning in Townsville recording three wins from their past four games on Cowboys’ home soil. Earmarked as a future State of Origin player last season, injury has disrupted the progress of Cowboys back rower Scott Bolton’s season who returns from injury to face the Tigers. Ashley Graham will be missed on the Cowboys right wing after sustaining an ankle injury in last weekend’s win over Melbourne. Adam Blair returns from suspension for the Tigers and Gareth Ellis makes his long awaited come back from a foot injury.
History – The Cowboys and Tigers have met on twenty five occasions with the Tigers recording fourteen wins to the Cowboys eleven. Wests have enjoyed plenty of success in recent seasons recording eight wins from their past ten games against the Cowboys. Wests were victorious in a high scoring affair in round twelve this season thanks to a Tim Moltzen double.
Dangermen – Cowboys custodian Matt Bowen is in scintillating form, Bowen has already crossed for nine tries this season and is always a prominent feature in any Cowboys attacking raids. Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence is beginning to show the form that saw him picked on last year’s Kangaroo tour, Lawrence scored a classy long range effort in last week’s win over Penrith and is sure to test the Cowboys defence.
Prediction – Plenty is riding on this game for both teams, the Cowboys are pushing to cement a place in the top eight, while the Cowboys would love nothing more than a top four finish. If history is anything to go by then the tigers should win, however it’s time for the Cowboys to buck the trend and assert themselves as true premiership contenders. Cowboys 1-12 .
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