Warriors and Cowboys Do Battle

Image courtesy of thetelegraph.com.au, Photo:Evan Morgan
Jonathan Thurston will try and inspire his side to victory. Photo: Evan Morgan/thetelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 23 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 52 d New Zealand Warriors 12 at Townsville
Round 17 2012 – New Zealand Warriors 35 d North Queensland Cowboys 18 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 26 2011 – New Zealand Warriors 18 d North Queensland Cowboys 6 at Mt Smart Stadium
Round 15 2011 – North Queensland Cowboys 30 d New Zealand Warriors 10 at Townsville
Round 10 2010 – New Zealand Warriors 24 d North Queensland Cowboys 12 at Mt Smart Stadium

Current Form (most recent first)

Warriors - LLL
Cowboys -

Sam Rapira and Glen Fisiiahi will be back on board when the New Zealand Warriors  attempt to put an end to their losing run against the North Queensland Cowboys  at Mt Smart Stadium on Monday. Following the clubs 28-4 defeat to Cronulla in round three, the Warriors have lost 11 straight in the NRL and are desperate for their injuries woes to ease with almost a dozen members of the first grade squad sidelined by injury.

Since opening the season with an impressive win over last year’s beaten grand finalists Canterbury, North Queensland has failed to flatter, suffering defeats at the hands of Melbourne and Newcastle that leave them 13th on the ladder. Coach Neil Henry has kept the faith in the 18 man squad which disappointed at Hunter Stadium on Monday night, with Michael Morgan retained as hooker and Tariq Sims again left out.

1st Tryscorer

Ngani Laumape  impressed many in his top grade debut against the Sharks last week, making more metres than any of his teammates when running for 116m from 14 carries. It won’t be long till he is making an impression on the scoreboard in the NRL.

Matt Bowen  has consistently been amongst the leading tryscorers in the competition over the past decade but has made a quiet start to 2013. Look for him to run off his old mate ‘JT’ and expose the defence that has conceded the second most points to date this season.

Prediction – The Warriors have won six of their past seven matches against North Queensland at Mt Smart Stadium but it is hard to tip them given their long injury list and poor form so far this campaign. They are yet to score a first half point in 2013 and if they give the Cowboys a head start, the game could be long gone. North Queensland Cowboys 1-12

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