Tigers Look To Bite Back

Picture: Mark Evans/news.com.au
Marika Koroibete is one of the Tigers most potent attacking weapons. Picture: Mark Evans/news.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 20, 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 29 d Wests Tigers 16 at Townsville
Round 12, 2012 – Wests Tigers 26 d North Queensland Cowboys 18 at Campbelltown Stadium
Round 19, 2011 – Wests Tigers 38 d North Queensland Cowboys 18 at Townsville
Round 19, 2010 – Wests Tigers 26 d North Queensland Cowboys 16 at Leichhardt Oval
Round 5, 2010 – Wests Tigers 23 d North Queensland Cowboys 16 at Townsville

Current Form

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Tigers

L

L

L

L

L

Cowboys

L

W

W

L

L


Benji Marshall returns to the Tigers  starting lineup for their clash with the Cowboys  on Friday night as one of several changes made by coach Michael Potter following his side’s heavy defeat to the Rabbitohs last weekend. Benji’s return sees Liam Fulton return to the backrow with under-fire Kiwi international Adam Blair moving to prop. Braith Anasta has overcome an ankle injury and is set to play for the first time since round six, while Matt Utai is on an extended seven man interchange bench.

North Queensland putting in a spirited performance against the Roosters last weekend before going down 12-8 and it is no surprise that they will take the same 17 man squad to Leichhardt on Friday night, where they haven’t won since 2000. Despite beating the Eels at Parramatta Stadium three weeks ago, the Cowboys have won just two of their past 13 games in Sydney.

1st Tryscorer

Marika Koroibete  has had his start to the season disrupted by injury, but returned to something near his best against the Rabbitohs last Friday night. Although his side was thumped by 44 points against Souths, the Fijian flyer managed busted through the defence for two line breaks and a try to be one of his team’s best in a lost cause.

Ashley Graham  scored six four pointers in his first six matches this season but has failed to get across the tryline across the Rabbitohs and Roosters in the past fortnight. Coming up against a side that conceded ten tries in round ten, Graham will be licking his lips at the prospect of getting back on the scoresheet.

Prediction

The Cowboys may have lost their past two matches but those defeats came against the competition’s form teams, while the Tigers have tasted success since beating the woeful Eels back in round three. Wests have plenty of problems both on and off the field and North Queensland should be far too good for them. North Queensland Cowboys by 16

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