Cowboys Go Rabbit Hunting

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Matt Bowen had his best game of the year against Brisbane last week. Picture: Glenn Barnes/couriermail.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 9, 2013 – South Sydney Rabbitohs 28 d North QLD Cowboys 10 at ANZ Stadium
Round 8, 2012 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 20 d North QLD Cowboys 16 at ANZ Stadium
Round 24, 2011 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 26 d North QLD Cowboys 24 at ANZ Stadium
Round 13, 2010 - South Sydney Rabbitohs 32 d North QLD Cowboys 4 at ANZ Stadium
Round 13, 2009 - North QLD Cowboys 46 d South Sydney Rabbitohs 12 at Townsville

Current Form

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Rabbitohs

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The Cowboys  season may be over but there will still be plenty to play for when they host the Rabbitohs  in Townsville on Saturday night. Following a tumultuous week in which coach Neil Henry was effectively sacked from his post and veteran Dallas Johnson was forced into premature retirement, the Cowboys will be keen to get back on the field against the competition’s benchmark team. 21 year-old point scoring machine Kyle Feldt will make his NRL debut after being named to replace Kalifa Faifai Loa on the wing, with Joel Reithmuller at lock in place of Johnson and both will be determined to make the most of their opportunities now given a chance. Another player thrown a lifeline is English international Scott Moore, who returns on a six man interchange bench for the first time since round nine, ironically against Souths.

Matt King and Dylan Farrell were late inclusions for the Rabbitohs 32-4 victory over the Titans last weekend and have again been named to play, with coach Michael McGuire naming an unchanged squad, although Dave Tyrell and Justin Hunt have been added to an extended bench. Both George and Thomas Burgess will feature after impressive displays this season earnt the pair contract extensions during the week.

1st Tryscorer

Kyle Feldt  holds the all-time points scoring record in the NYC competition and gets a chance to showcase his skills in first grade after showing good form for Northern Pride in the Intrust Cup. The former Junior Kangaroo has bagged seven tries in that competition this season and will look to bring his strong form to the NRL but faces a baptism of fire against the league leaders.

The Burgess boys are all the rage at the moment and while George has been getting most of the headlines (on and off the field), big brother Sam  has been in the form of his life. He has scored four tries in his past three matches and was the first Rabbitoh on the scoresheet in his sides 28-10 victory over North Queensland in round nine.

Prediction

There is an old adage in sport that suggests you don’t oppose a team that has just dumped its coach, and although the Cowboys will undoubtedly be dangerous without the air of expectancy on them anymore, it’s hard to make a case for them here. North Queensland has lost four of its past five matches at home, while the Rabbitohs have eight wins from their past nine games against the Cowboys and are desperate to keep winning in order to secure a first minor premiership since 1989. South Sydney Rabbitohs by 6

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