Broncos Look To Put Cowboys In Their Place

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Skipper Sam Thaiday returns for Brisbane this week. Image courtesy of foxsprots.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Elimination Final 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 33 d Brisbane Broncos 16 at Townsville
Round 15 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 12 d Brisbane Broncos 0 at Townsville
Round 2 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 28 d Brisbane Broncos 26 at Suncorp Stadium
Round 23 2011 – Brisbane Broncos 34 d North Queensland Cowboys 16 at Townsville
Round 1 2011 – North Queensland Cowboys 16 d Brisbane Broncos 14 at Suncorp Stadium

Current Form

 

  Rd 1 

  Rd 2 

  Rd 3 

  Rd 4 

  Rd 5 

Broncos

L

W

L

L

W

Cowboys

W

L

L

L

W


The Broncos  will be out to remind North Queensland that they are the top dog north of the border when they welcome the Cowboys  to Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. Brisbane scored just its second victory of the season with its 32-12 victory over the Gold Coast Titans in round five, while North Queensland also took its points tally for 2013 to four with a dominant win over the struggling Penrith Panthers.

Captain Sam Thaiday returns for Brisbane after serving his one game ban for contrary conduct, forcing Scott Anderson back onto the bench with Dunamis Lui missing out after limping off against the Gold Coast.

Despite his side scoring an emphatic 30-0 shutout on Saturday night, Cowboys coach Neil Henry has made several changes to his squad. Michael Morgan gets another chance in the top grade with Robert Lui ruled out after dislocating his kneecap, while hooker Anthony Mitchell has been dropped. Ray Thompson, Ashton Sims, Clint Greenshields and Joel Riethmuller have all been named on an extended seven man bench.

1st Tryscorer

Eight of the Broncos 11 tries against Melbourne and the Gold Coast came down the left hand side of the field and they are sure to direct plenty of traffic down that way once more against the Cowboys. Josh Hoffman  scored four tries from those two fixtures and looks a solid option to cross the line first again.

Former Rooster Kane Linnett  has made a great start to the season for North Queensland and has even been talked about as a possible New South Wales State Of Origin bolter. He bagged a double against Penrith last week and comes into this game full of confidence.

Prediction – Brisbane has been very impressive in the past fortnight, particularly after halftime where they have outscored the opposition 42-12. Although the Cowboys have won three straight against the Broncos, Anthony Griffin’s side should be too good for their opponent if they can put in that sort of performance for the full 80 minutes. Brisbane Broncos 1-12

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