Cowboys Ready To Fire

Image courtesy of thetelegraph.com.au, Photo:Evan Morgan
Jonathan Thurston has been in scintillating form. Photo: Evan Morgan/thetelegraph.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 26, 2012 – North Queensland Cowboys 36 d Cronulla Sharks 22 at Sharks Stadium
Round 4, 2012 – Cronulla Sharks 20 d North Queensland Cowboys 14 at Townsville
Round 25, 2011 - North Queensland Cowboys 28 d Cronulla Sharks 20 at Townsville
Round 7, 2011 - North Queensland Cowboys 30 d Cronulla Sharks 12 at Sharks Stadium
Round 16, 2010 – Cronulla Sharks 20 d North Queensland Cowboys 19 at Townsville

Current Form

  Rd 11    Rd 12    Rd 13    Rd 14    Rd 15 

Cowboys

L

L

L

W

-

Sharks

W

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L

W

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The Cowboys  host the Sharks  at Townsville on Sunday night, looking to begin a favourable run home by collecting the two points. Although they currently occupy 13th on the NRL ladder, the Cowboys are just four points out of the eight and play seven of their final ten matches at home.

Jonathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Brent Tate have all been named to lineup for North Queensland after coming through State of Origin game two with a clean bill of health, while Scott’s front row partner James Tamou will also line up after serving a one match ban imposed by the club for drink driving.

Cronulla has been dealt a blow in the leadup to this contest with skipper Paul Gallen being ruled out after picking up a foot injury in the Maroons 26-6 win over New South Wales on Wednesday. Luke Lewis and Andrew Fifita both came through with a clean bill of health for the Blues and will take their place in the Sharks pack, while Michael Gordon returns at fullback after missing his sides 32-14 win over the Eels in round 14.

1st Tryscorer

Ashley Graham  has been one of the best finishers in the NRL over the past few seasons and celebrates 200th game in the top grade against Cronulla. It would be fitting if he opened the scoring to draw level with Ty Williams as the Cowboys second leading tryscorer in his landmark match.

Believe it or not, halfback Jeff Robson  has scored more tries for the Sharks in 2013 than any other player lining up for the club in Townsville. He scored a brace in his last outing for the club and was the first player on the scoresheet for his club.

Prediction

This really is a make or break game for the Cowboys, with a loss likely to make things very hard for them to reach the finals. Matt Bowen is the only front line player missing from their lineup and they are at home, but must improve on their return of just two wins from five home matches this season. ‘JT’ and Matt Scott were back to their best in Origin game two and can inspire their club to a win. North Queensland Cowboys by 8

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