Cowboys Shooting For Top Eight

Picture: Zak Simmonds/dailytelegraph.com.au
Matt Bowen is playing his best football of the year at the moment. Picture: Zak Simmonds/dailytelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 11, 2013 – Wests Tigers 22 d North QLD Cowboys 20 at Leichhardt Oval
Round 20, 2012 – North QLD Cowboys 29 d Wests Tigers 16 at Townsville
Round 12, 2012 - Wests Tigers 26 d North QLD Cowboys 18 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 19, 2011 – Wests Tigers 38 d North QLD Cowboys 18 at Townsville
Round 19, 2010 - Wests Tigers 26 d North QLD Cowboys 16 at Leichhardt Oval

Current Form

  Rd 21    Rd 22    Rd 23    Rd 24    Rd 25 
Cowboys

W

W

W

W

W

Tigers

L

L

L

W

L


The Cowboys  won’t be short of motivation going into their match against the Tigers  on Saturday night, with a place in the finals at stake and club champion Matt Bowen set to play his final home game for the club. The veteran fullback has played more matches and scored more tries for North Queensland than any other play in the history of the club and will look to continue his strong form in the number one jersey against Wests. North Queensland will be without Matt Scott however after he broke his finger in last week’s 31-18 victory over the Sharks. Scott Bolton takes his place in the front row.

Wests played their best football for a long time in taking an 18-0 lead against the Rabbitohs last weekend before conceding 32 unanswered points and coach Mick Potter will be hoping his players will turn up with the same intensity for the final round of the season. Suaso Sue returns on the bench for the Tigers in the only change to the squad, relegating Matt Bell to 18th man.


1st Tryscorer

It’s impossible to look past Cowboys legend Matt Bowen  as the first tryscorer in his last ever home game at Townsville. He is playing better now than he has at any other time this season and opened the scoring for North Queensland against Cronulla last weekend.

David Nofoaluma  didn’t get on the scoresheet against Souths last weekend but caused all sorts of trouble whenever he touched the ball, running for 165m and effecting eight tackle breaks in the process. He has bagged eight tries from 14 matches in his debut NRL season.


Prediction

The Tigers have a great record against North Queensland, having won nine of the past 11 meetings between the clubs. That good run appears unlikely to continue however with Wests coming up against a Cowboys outfit at the peak of its powers. North Queensland Cowboys by 20

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