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09 May 2018 by TSZ

2018 NRL – Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 10th May, 10:50 (UK)

Where? Leichhardt Oval

What channel is it on? UK - Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys will not be televised live in the UK

Australia - Nine Network, Foxtel, LIVE PASS

Where can I stream the match? UK - N/A Australia - https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-...

Are tickets still available? http://premier.ticketek.com.au...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

TIGERS

Head Coach: Ivan Cleary

Starting 13: Thompson, Nofoaluma, Marsters, Naiqama, Fonua, Marshall, Brooks, Packer, Taylor, Matulino, Lawrence, Rochow, Eisenhuth – Interchanges: Twal, Liddle, Chee-Kam, Sue – Reserves: Grant, McQueen, Watene-Zelezniak, Gamble

Unavailable: Josh Reynolds

  • Wests lost their third consecutive game as they fell to defeat against New Zealand Warriors at Mt Smart. The Warriors were too good but the Tigers didn’t help themselves by having two men sin-binned during the game as they went down 26-4.
  • Russell Packer returns to the side having recovered from injury with Tim Grant making way. Jacob Liddle has also earned a recall at the expense of Pita Godinet on the bench.
  • Wests missed 45 tackles last week to take their total for the season to 348. That makes them the team with the most missed tackles in the NRL this season,

COWBOYS

Head Coach: Paul Green

Starting 13: Coote, Feldt, O'Neill, Hampton, Winterstein, Morgan, Thurston, Scott, Granville, Bolton, Cooper, Hess, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Martin, Fensom, Jensen, Lowe – Reserves: Molo, Clifford, Bowen, Hoare

Unavailable: Josh Chudleigh, Kane Linnett, Jordan McLean, John Asiata

  • North Queensland held on to beat Penrith last week in an important victory for the Cowboys. Despite racing into a 0-20 lead in the first half, the Panthers bounced back in the second half with the Cowboys just about managing to repel them in a 20-26 win.
  • Paul Green has once again named an unchanged side with prop Scott Bolton set to feature having been cleared by the NRL’s integrity unit.
  • The Cowboys spent exactly the same amount of time in possession as the Panthers last week (25:44) with both sides also having 39 sets but the Cowboys were more clinical in their set completion, completing at 85% compared to the Panthers’ 79%.

THE PREDICTION

Wests return to Leichhardt Oval in what could be Johnathan Thurston’s last ever game at the iconic ground. It’s a venue that Thurston has never won at against the Tigers but he will be hoping to change that in this game against a Wests side that have lost their last three matches. The Cowboys scored an important win against the Panthers last week to push themselves up to 12th in the table but will need to back that up to maintain their push towards the top 8. Wests have begun to struggle defensively and have missed more tackles than any side in the NRL this season. With the Cowboys on a high after last week’s win, they can edge this one and Thurston can end on a high at Leichhardt.

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