Dragons Host Struggling Cowboys

Picture: Brett Costello/heraldsun.com.au
Chase Stanley continues at five-eight in place of Jamie Soward. Picture: Brett Costello/heraldsun.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 24, 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 32 d St George-Illawarra Dragons 22 at WIN Stadium
Round 9, 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 30 d St George-Illawarra Dragons 6 at Townsville
Round 9, 2011 – St George-Illawarra Dragons 22 d North Queensland Cowboys 8 at Win Jubilee Oval
Round 3, 2010 – St George-Illawarra Dragons 33 d North Queensland Cowboys 8 at WIN Stadium
Round 14, 2009 – St George-Illawarra Dragons 32 d North Queensland Cowboys 18 at WIN Stadium

Current Form

  Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13 
Dragons

L

W

L

L

W

Cowboys

L

L

L

L

L


Jamie Soward has again been left out of the Dragons  side that will tackle the Cowboys  at WIN Stadium on Friday night, with Chase Stanley set to continue at five-eight. Coach Steve Price has been forced to make one change to the team that scored a 14-8 victory over the Knights in round 13 however, with Tyson Frizell returning to the starting lineup in place of Bronson Harrison, who broke his hand in Newcastle.

North Queensland welcomes playmaker Jonathan Thurston back into the ranks after the Queensland State of Origin pivot missed the Cowboys 36-26 loss to the Bulldogs in Townsville last week. Ash Graham and Rory Kostjasyn also return, while Ricky Thorby has been added to a five man interchange bench.

1st Tryscorer

New South Wales flyer Brett Morris  hasn’t been the prolific tryscorer in 2013 that he was in seasons past, but a return to WIN Stadium could see the best of him. He has scored 26 tries from as many matches in Wollongong.

Robert Lui  has been one of few shining lights for the Cowboys this season and he was excellent for them last week providing two line break assists, getting through the line himself and bagging a four pointer. He has three tries from just four matches in the current campaign.

Prediction

The Cowboys may have won six of their nine most recent matches, including the past two, against the Dragons but it is hard to see their good run continuing on Friday night given the slump that they are in. While the Dragons have themselves been inconsistent in 2013, they have won five of their last seven at WIN Stadium and should maintain that good record in Wollongong. St George Illawarra Dragons by 10

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