2020 NRL – North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Sunday 6th September, 2020 – 09:30 (UK)

Where is North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons taking place? Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

What is the expected weather for North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? 24c, clear skies

What channel is North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons on? Sky Sports Arena will be televising selected NRL games in the UK and you can find their schedule here. For Australian broadcasters, you can find a list here

Where can I stream North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? If televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go. Alternatively, the match will be available to subscribers of Watch NRL

Where can I get tickets for North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Holmes, Feldt, O’Neill, Marsters, Tabuai-Fidow, Drinkwater, Clifford, Molo, Cotter, McLean, Cooper, Dunn, McGuire – Interchanges: Asi, Asiata, Gilbert, Jensen – Reserves: Granville, Hola

Unavailable: Murray Taulagi (Injured), Emry Pere (Injured), Reece Robson (Injured), Jason Taumalolo (Injured), Michael Morgan (Injured), Coen Hess (Suspended)

  • North Queensland Cowboys’ terrible season continued as they lost for the ninth game in succession as Cronulla Sharks were the latest side to get the better of them and they remain in danger of ending the campaign with the wooden spoon.
  • The Cowboys found it difficult to compete with the Sharks and they were perhaps fortunate that their opponents lacked a ruthlessness to their play as the 28-12 scoreline could have been a lot worse.
  • In what has been a season littered with injuries for the Cowboys, Michael Morgan finds himself on the sidelines once again after suffering a calf injury which sees Valentine Holmes shift to fullback, Scott Drinkwater to five-eighth and Jake Clifford comes into the side at halfback.

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Dufty, Pereira, Aitken, Lomax, Ravalawa, Norman, Clune, Lawrie, Hunt, Kerr, Frizell, Host, McInnes – Interchanges: Brittain, Ford, Fuimaono, Ellis – Reserves: Blacker, Sailor

Unavailable: Jack de Belin (Disciplinary), Tariq Sims (Injured), Paul Vaughan (Suspended), Korbin Sims (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons suffered a disappointing loss to Gold Coast Titans as they failed to take advantage of a host of chances and they succumbed to a late defeat as the Titans hit them with back-to-back tries in the final 10 minutes.
  • The Dragons enjoyed plenty of territorial advantage throughout the contest but posted just one try in the 80 minutes and despite leading 10-4 with just over five minutes remaining, they were punished for their sloppiness by the Titans.
  • Saints welcome back Tyrell Fuimaono after he served a ban with Trent Merrin the man to make way while Tristan Sailor and Eddie Blacker will be hoping to receive a late call-up with Billy Brittain needing to prove his fitness after suffering a head knock last week.

THE PREDICTION

North Queensland Cowboys announced that Todd Payten will take over the reins as head coach from next season but his new side have a big task on their hands to end 2020 on a high after losing for the ninth game in succession last week. They have been poor all season while St. George Illawarra Dragons have not been much better. They are yet to appoint their new head coach for next season following Paul McGregor’s departure and last week’s defeat to Gold Coast Titans highlighted the task ahead for the new man. Neither side inspire any confidence here but with nothing but pride to play for, the poor defence on either side should allow opportunities with the ball which should lead to a game that produces at least 44 points.

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