Cowboys Sweat On JT's Fitness

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James Tamou will back up from Origin 1 for the Cowboys. Picture: Getty Images/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 1, 2013 – North Queensland Cowboys 24 d Canterbury Bulldogs 12 at Bluetongue Stadium
Round 21, 2012 - Canterbury Bulldogs 32 d North Queensland Cowboys 18 at ANZ Stadium
Round 22, 2011 - Canterbury Bulldogs 14 d North Queensland Cowboys 6 at ANZ Stadium
Round 24, 2010 - Canterbury Bulldogs 22 d North Queensland Cowboys 20 at Townsville
Round 23, 2009 - Canterbury Bulldogs 22 d North Queensland Cowboys 12 at Townsville

Current Form

  Rd 8    Rd 9    Rd 10    Rd 11    Rd 12 
Cowboys

W

L

L

L

L

Bulldogs

W

W

L

W

W


North Queensland  will be sweating on the fitness of skipper Jonathan Thurston going into their match against the Bulldogs  on Saturday night, with the playmaker suffering from an adductor muscle injury. Coach Neil Henry has named him in and extended 21 man squad that also includes fellow Origin representatives Brent Tate, Matt Scott and James Tamou. The Cowboys will hope that their stars are all available after losing their fourth match in a row with last week’s defeat to the Titans.

Unlike his opposite number, Canterbury boss Des Hasler hasn’t named his Origin stars and will wait to check on their well-being later in the week, although both Josh Morris and Josh Reynolds are expected to play. Centre Krisnan Inu is back in the fold after serving a two match ban for his illegal tackle on James McManus against the Knights, but Tony Williams is still sidelined with an ankle injury.

1st Tryscorer

Clint Greenshields  gets an opportunity at fullback for North Queensland due to Matt Bowen’s knee injury and he will be hoping to rediscover the tryscoring form that he showed in six seasons for the Catalans Dragons in Super League, when he bagged 74 tries in 145 appearances.

Krisnan Inu  has missed seven weeks through suspension this season and his return this week will be a big boost to the Bulldogs inexperienced backline. He has scored 10 tries in 21 appearances for Canterbury since joining the club halfway through last season and will want to make a good impression with several youngsters having performed well in his absence.

Prediction

The Cowboys have been a huge disappointment this season, winning just three matches in the opening 12 rounds and none since beating the Eels in round eight. Canterbury had just one victory after six weeks but has won five of its six fixtures since and is one of the form teams in the competition. They should be too good for their hosts, especially if Thurston is ruled out for North Queensland. Canterbury Bulldogs by 10

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