2019 NRL – North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking place? Thursday 29th August, 10:50

Where is North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs taking place? 1300SMILES Stadium

What channel is North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on?
UK – This match will not be televised live in the UK
Australia – Fox Sports

Where can I stream North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
UK – N/A
Australia – https://www.telstra.com.au/tv-movies-music/sports-offer

Where can I get tickets for North Queensland Cowboys vs Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
North Queensland Cowboys – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500012

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – https://tickets.nrl.com/team/500010

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Head Coach: Paul Green

Starting 13: Drinkwater, Feldt, Kahu, Opacic, Taulagi, Asiata, Morgan, Bolton, Granville, McLean, Cooper, Wright, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Cotter, Hess, Molo, Hola – Reserves: Gilbert, Jensen, Tuala, Clifford

Unavailable: Nene Macdonald, Te Maire Martin, Ben Hampton, Justin O’Neill, Mitchell Dunn, Kurt Baptiste, Josh McGuire, Matt Scott

  • North Queensland ended their five-match losing streak with a good win against Penrith and will now attempt to sign off at 1300SMILES on a high in their final game at the iconic stadium.

  • The Cowboys will be hoping to have half Jake Clifford available after he was a late withdrawal before last week's game with an ankle knock with his fitness being assessed before kick-off after he was named among the reserves.

  • The team named at the start of the week is the same 17 that featured last week whilst Matt Scott will not feature but the retiring legend will be honoured with the Cowboys retiring the #8 shirt in his honour for this game.

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Head Coach: Dean Pay

Starting 13: Watene-Zelezniak, Meaney, Holland, Hopoate, Okunbor, Foran, Lewis, Tolman, Marshall-King, Napa, Jackson, Harawira-Naera, Elliott – Interchanges: Cogger, Toomaga, Faitala-Mariner, C. Smith – Reserves: Fualalo, Harper, Brown, Ogden

Unavailable: Sauaso Sue, Marcelo Montoya, Reimis Smith

  • Canterbury won their fourth game in a row as they defeated Parramatta to continue their impressive rise up the NRL ladder but they will need a minor miracle if they are to finish in the play-offs.

  • Reimis Smith will be missing for the Bulldogs after the winger copped a one-match ban for a charge of striking against the Eels and he is replaced by Jayden Okunbor who comes in for his first appearance since Round 10.

  • Unsurprisingly, Dean Pay makes no other changes to his side with them performing admirably at the minute and they will fancy their chances of spoiling the party for the Cowboys in their final away game of the season.

THE PREDICTION

North Queensland will play their final game at 1300SMILES Stadium and will hope to sign off from their inaugural ground with a win. They host the in-form Bulldogs who will still believe they can make the play-offs but this could be a tight affair that could go either way. The Cowboys showed some spirit with their win last week and will want to back that up again but with the Bulldogs performing so well of late, they could edge this and maintain their winning run.

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