No More Excuses For Battered Cowboys

Johnathan Thurston. Image courtesy of: couriermail.com.au
A bruised and battered Thurston must lead from the front on Friday. Image courtesy of: couriermail.com.au

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Broncos v Cowboys


Suncorp Stadium

Friday March 20 – 7:40 PM (AEST)

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Brisbane hosts North Queensland on Friday in the first Queensland derby of the year. 

For the Cowboys, it is time to stand up and show the brand of footy that has made them one of the early favourites in the TattsBet Futures Market . The Townsville based side may have a few new faces, but for the first two rounds, they had the same spine in Michael Morgan, Robert Lui, Johnathan Thurston and Rory Kostjasyn which went so close to making the Grand Final last year. So, after two straight losses, Cowboys coach Paul Green has decided something has to change, dropping Robert Lui to QLD Cup, moving Morgan to five-eighth and giving Lachlan Coote his first start in a North Queensland jersey.   

The Broncos, though, seem to have found the winning mentality which eluded them against the Rabbitohs in Round 1. However, there's still a lot of work to be done at Red Hill. In their 10-2 victory over the Sharks last Friday, Brisbane were good without being great. They completed just 68% of their sets and missed a whopping 28 tackles. If super-coach Wayne Bennett hopes to win his eighth premiership in 2015, those numbers need to improve dramatically. Fullback Jordan Kahu was a shining light for the Broncos last week. After a poor performance against the Bunnies, he came out firing in Sydney, running for a total of 144 metres and broke four tackles in a man of the match-like performance. 

Both the Cowboys and the Broncos were tipped to finish in the Top 4, even before the season kicked-off. But after a less than ideal starts, TattsBet customers may be looking elsewhere for Top 4 options.

These two teams met three times last year, with the Cowboys eliminating the Broncos in the first week of the finals. That means Brisbane have had six months to stew over that disappointing exit and plot revenge against their northern neighbour. Even though they are winless so far this season, punters are confident North Queensland can destroy their big brother, with the Cowboys at 13+ a popular bet.

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