King In The North

Image courtesy of, Photo: Getty Images/Mark Nolan
It's the Queensland derby - the Cowboys and the Broncos Friday night. Image courtesy of, Photo: Getty Images/Mark Nolan
North Queensland Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
1300 Smiles Stadium
Friday May 2 – 7:45 PM (AEST)

Broncos: WLLWL

It’s round 2 in Queensland. Last time, the Brisbane Broncos  were the victors over the North Queensland Cowboys . But this time it’s in the north - Cowboy country. Johnathan Thurston is the king, and you can bet he will go down swinging. With the Broncos still frustrated with their controversial loss to the Rabbits last round, he will definitely have a fight on his hands.

The Cowboys were impressive over Parramatta two Saturdays ago. Ray Thompson slotted in well into half-back, while winger Curtis Rona continues to impress after his debut earlier in the year. But the focus is on the representatives. Thurston, Matt Scott and James Tamou all had outstanding games on Friday in the Kangaroo jersey, while Ashton Sims donned the Fijian jumper on Saturday and brother Tariq played for Country on Sunday. Cameron King is set to make his debut for the club, replacing Anthony Mitchell on the pine. Gavin Cooper returns into the starting side in place of Joel Riethmuller.

Captain Corey Parker is adamant the Broncos have put the game against South Sydney behind them. Focusing on the job at hand, the Aussie test forward says the boys from Brisbane are ready to go. With some great performances from Matt Gillett and Parker for Australia, Daniel Vidot for Samoa, and Corey Oates for the Queensland U20’s, Brisbane heads into Friday's clash jam-packed with confidence. Off to play for the Ipswich Jets this weekend, Ben Hannant has been replaced on the bench by David Hala. Josh Hoffman returns at five-eighth, pushing Justin Hodges to the centres. Dale Copley jumps on the wing, with Lachlan Maranta out of the side. Todd Lowrie has been added to an extended bench as 18th man.

With it being so close in Round 2, you get the feeling this one is likely to be won on the siren. If JT can fire, the Cowboys should even the score.

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