Cowboys v Panthers Rd 5

Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
James Segeyaro has been a revelation at Penrith. Picture: Gregg Porteous/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 11 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 30 d Penrith Panthers 28 at Townsville
Round 21 2011 - North Queensland Cowboys 30 d Penrith Panthers 18 at Townsville
Round 16 2011 – Penrith Panthers 30 d North Queensland Cowboys 20 at Panthers Stadium
Round 21 2010 – Penrith Panthers 24 d North Queensland Cowboys 16 at Panthers Stadium
Round 2 2010 - North Queensland Cowboys 28 d Penrith Panthers 20 at Townsville

Current Form

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Cowboys

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Panthers

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The Cowboys  play just their second home game of the season when they take on the Penrith Panthers  at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday night, with both clubs looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat. Ashley Graham, Ashton Sims and Anthony Mitchell were all late withdrawals prior to North Queensland’s 20-18 loss to the Warriors in New Zealand last weekend and miss out again, with Tariq Sims and Rory Kostjaysn on the bench and Kalifa Faifai Loa starting in place of injured flyer Ashley Graham.

Since leaving Townsville at the end of last season, James Segeyaro hasn’t taken his game to a new level and his good form has been one of the few positives for Penrith this season. He has provided real spark coming into dummy half off the bench and his impetus is something that the Cowboys are dearly missing. Coach Ivan Cleary hopes Blake Austin can turn the Panthers season around after naming the halfback for the first time this year at the expense of Luke Walsh. Nathan Smith has also been axed from the team that lost 28-10 to the Titans, with journeyman Clint Newton returning on the bench.

1st Tryscorer

Kalifa Faifai Loa  was a late inclusion against New Zealand last weekend but took his opportunity with both hands to bag the first points of the match. He has a good tryscoring record and will hope to build on it against a Penrith outfit that has conceded 100 points in the past three weeks.

Dean Whare  has been thrust into the role of fullback at Penrith but has failed to capitalise on the expanse style of footy that his team has been playing so far this season. He had a good tryscoring record at Manly and it won’t be too long before he is back on the scoresheet.

Prediction – The Cowboys are renowned as being a poor side away from home and having played three of their four matches in 2013 away, will relish returning to Townsville – where they have won eight of their past ten fixtures - for this match. The Panthers on the other hand have won just two of their past eleven on the road and are likely to struggle in North Queensland. North Queensland Cowboys 13+

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