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The Broncos have a great record against the Cowboys. Photo: Adam Head/
Broncos v Cowboys

Petero Civoniceva will line up for the Broncos  in an NRL match for the first time since 2007 when they take on the North Queensland Cowboys  on Friday night. After failing behind early on against Parramatta last week, Brisbane rallied well to win 18-6.

In direct contrast, the Cowboys made a terrible start to the season, being humiliated 18-0 at home to the Titans. They made an unbelievable 28 errors in that match and surely can’t be that bad again. Brent Tate is one of several inclusions from that match and will start against his old club.

History – The Cowboys have a poor record against the Broncos, having won just five of the 31 clashes between the sides. Brisbane defeated North Queensland 34-16 in round 23 last season to take their record to eight wins in the past nine against the Cowboys.

Dangermen – Test winger Jharal Yow Yeh  got the first try for the Broncos last week and will again pose a big threat to the Cowboys line.

Jonathan Thurston  had a shocker last week, but is one of the best players in the world. Almost all of the Cowboys attacking raids are started by him and the Broncos will have to watch him closely.

Prediction – The Broncos were very solid last week and although the Cowboys will improve from their last performance, should be too good. Broncos 1-12 

Sea Eagles v Tigers

Both of these teams recorded heart stopping first round wins last weekend, with Manly  delivering a 26-20 success in the grand final replay against the Warriors, while the Tigers  required extra-time to defeat the Sharks. Both results came at a cost however, and key players have been ruled out of this contest by injury for the Sea Eagles and Tigers.

Steve Matai and Glenn Stewart will sit out for Manly, while James Tedesco and Keith Galloway suffered injuries for the Tigers in their win over the Sharks.

History – These teams have met on sixteen occasions and the Sea Eagles hold a slight edge with nine wins to the Tigers seven. They have a win apiece from two matches at Bluetongue Stadium.

Dangermen – Former Test winger David Williams  made his first NRL appearance against the Warriors last week after breaking his neck in round 25 last season and scored the first try in that match. He is a potent finished and the Tigers can’t afford to give him any space.

Beau Ryan  got a brace against the Sharks last week, including the opener after just two minutes. The Tigers will have to mark him closely.

Prediction – Manly were probably the more impressive of the two sides last week, but Matai and Stewart are big losses for the Premiers, so the Tigers have a slight edge. Tigers 1-12 

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