2019 NRL – North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks taking place? Saturday 30th March, 06:30

Where is North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks taking place? 1300SMILES Stadium

What channel is North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on?
UK – Sky Sports Arena
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks?
UK – Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks?
North Queensland Cowboys – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500012

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500028

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Head Coach: Paul Green

Starting 13: Martin, Macdonald, Kahu, Hampton, Bowen, Clifford, Morgan, Scott, Granville, McLean, Cooper, Hess, McGuire – Interchanges: Asiata, Jensen, Dunn, Molo – Reserves: O’Neill, Tuala

Unavailable: Kyle Feldt, Murray Taulagi, Scott Bolton, Jason Taumalolo

  • North Queensland went down to a heavy defeat in the Queensland derby as the Broncos outclassed the Cowboys in a heavy loss which saw them unable to back-up their Round 1 victory.

  • The Cowboys suffered a huge blow as they lost star man Jason Taumalolo for up to ten weeks with a knee injury picked up against the Broncos which will leave a huge gap in the North Queensland pack.

  • Paul Green has opted to wield the axe after last week’s poor showing with a big reshuffle occurring in the back-line with Te Maire Martin switching to full-back to allow Jake Clifford to come into the side at five-eighth whilst centres Justin O’Neill and Tom Opacic have both been dropped in favour of Ben Hampton and Jordan Kahu who moves from full-back.

CRONULLA-SUTHERLAND SHARKS

Head Coach: John Morris

Starting 13: Moylan, Feki, Dugan, Morris, Katoa, Johnson, Townsend, Fifita, J. Brailey, Prior, Nikora, Capewell, Gallen – Interchanges: B. Brailey, Bukuya, Woods, Williams – Reserves: Sorensen, Xerri

Unavailable: Wade Graham, Ava Seumanufagai

  • Cronulla picked up their first win of the season as they defeated Gold Coast whilst only conceding one try at Shark Park and will be looking to make it back-to-back wins as they travel to North Queensland.

  • The Sharks could be light in the backs this week after Matt Moylan and Sosaia Feki both picked up knee injuries against the Titans although they have been named in the 17 as things stand.

  • Bronson Xerri is on standby should either of them fail to appear with Feki the mostly likely to drop out as this stage but the Sharks might be forced into a big reshuffle if Moylan drops out from the fullback slot.

THE PREDICTION

North Queensland's worst fears were confirmed with the results of Jason Taumalolo's knee scan with the giant forward not set to return until halfway through the season due to the injury suffered against the Broncos. His loss will be huge and the Sharks can capitalise to take the win here. They did a solid job on the Gold Coast last week but they still have plenty of improvements in them and providing they can field their named side, they will have too much for North Queensland’s much-changed team.