Young Cowboys Up For A Fight

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Jason Taumalolo returns to the Cowboys starting lineup. Source: Getty Images/couriermail.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

1st Semi-Final, 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 22 d North QLD Cowboys 12 at Allianz Stadium 

Round 22, 2012 – Manly Sea Eagles 8 d North QLD Cowboys 6 at Townsville
3rd Qualifying Final, 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 42 d North QLD Cowboys 8 at Allianz Stadium
Round 14, 2011 – Manly Sea Eagles 24 d North QLD Cowboys 4 at Brookvale Oval
Round 8, 2011 – North QLD Cowboys 22 d Manly Sea Eagles 20 at Townsville

Current Form

  Rd 13    Rd  14    Rd 15    Rd 16    Rd 17 
Cowboys

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W

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W

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Sea Eagles

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The Cowboys  have named an inexperienced side for their match against the Sea Eagles  on Monday night, with a host of big names players unavailable through injury and representative commitments. Jonathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Brent Tate and James Tamou are all on State of Origin duty, while veteran fullback Matt Bowen remains sidelined with a knee injury. Ray Thompson has been moved to partner Robert Lui in the halves, with Anthony Mitchell takes his place at hooker, while he is joined in a new look front row by bookends Ricky Thorby and Glenn Hall. Ethan Lowe, Joel Riethmuller and highly rated youngster Jason Taumalolo form that backrow in a completely different forward pack to that which took the field in the clubs 26-18 defeat to the Raiders in Canberra last week, with Dallas Johnson dropped.

Daly Cherry-Evans is set to miss his first match for Manly since making his debut in 2011, due to State of Origin commitments, while Anthony Watmough is in camp with the Blues. Peta Hiku will deputise for Cherry-Evans at halfback, with Jamie Buhrer moving into the second row. Tom Symonds has been ruled out after fracturing his thumb in the Sea Eagles 50-10 victory over Parramatta last week, with Richie Fa’aoso returning from suspension to take his place on the bench.

1st Tryscorer

In the absence of Matt Bowen, Brent Tate and Jonathan Thurston, Cowboys centre Kane Linnett  is likely to be the focal point of North Queensland attack, with the in-form centre going up against the Manly duo of Steve Matai and Jamie Lyon. Although they are one of the best defensive pairings in the competition, Linnet will back himself against them having scored three tries in as many matches.

David Williams  had a day out against the Eels on Monday night, effecting 10 tackle breaks, three line breaks and scoring the first try of the match. Although the Cowboys defensive line will be much harder to breach than that of Parramatta, the former Australian representative will be confident of continuing his good form.

Prediction

The Cowboys traditionally struggle when Jonathan Thurston is out and have lost both fixtures that they have played without the playmaker in 2013. The Sea Eagles snapped a three game losing streak with their clinical win over the Eels in round 17 and will be confident of scoring a fifth straight victory over North Queensland in Townsville. Manly Sea Eagles by 12

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