2020 NRL – North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans taking place? Friday 29th May, 2020 – 09:00 (UK)

Where is North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans taking place? Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

What is the expected weather for North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans? 22c, partly cloudy

What channel is North Queensland Cowboys vs Gold Coast Titans 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 Gold Coast Titans? 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 Gold Coast Titans? No tickets are available as NRL matches are currently taking place behind closed doors

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Holmes, Feldt, O’Neill, Marsters, Hampton, Drinkwater, Clifford, McGuire, Granville, McLean, Dunn, Hess, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Robson, Asiata, Wright, Molo – Reserves: Gilbert, Opacic

Unavailable: Michael Morgan (Injured), Gavin Cooper (Injured)

  • North Queensland Cowboys come into this fixture with one loss and one win to their name after they did enough to see off Canterbury Bulldogs in their Round 2 contest but they will be missing one of their key men for this Queensland derby with Gold Coast Titans.
  • The Cowboys will be without influential half Michael Morgan who is sidelined with a shoulder problem so Jake Clifford steps in while Gavin Cooper is also absent in the second row with Mitchell Dunn earning a starting berth.
  • Shane Wright is the new face on the bench from the team that featured against the Bulldogs back in March and all eyes for the Cowboys will be on Jason Taumalolo after his record-breaking performance in that contest with the Tongan powerhouse amassing 345 run metres.

GOLD COAST TITANS

Starting 13: Pearson, Sami, Copley, Peachey, Don, Taylor, Fogarty, Fotuaika, Peats, Lisone, Proctor, Hipgrave, Arrow – Interchanges: Clark, Whitbread, Wallace, Boyd – Reserves: Cartwright, Rein

Unavailable: Ryan James (Injured), Beau Fermor (Injured), AJ Brimson (Injured), Tyrone Roberts (Injured), Anthony Don (Injured)

  • Gold Coast Titans will have had plenty of time to dwell on a horror performance in their last game before the campaign was temporarily halted as they conceded 46 points in their home match with Parramatta Eels.
  • The Titans constantly coughed the ball up as they completed at just 56% and the weight of possession in the Eels’ favour showed late in the game as they took advantage of some poor defensive efforts to blow the score out with the hosts ending with 56 missed tackles and that has seen Justin Holbrook name a much-changed side although he was forced into one change after Kallum Watkins left the club to sign for the Toronto Wolfpack.
  • Jamal Fogarty will make his debut at halfback with that inclusion seeing Tyrone Roberts revert to fullback but the veteran was pulled from the side 24 hours before kick-off due to injury and he will be joined on the sidelines by Anthony Don who is also injured so Jonus Pearson and Brian Kelly will take their places.

THE PREDICTION

North Queensland Cowboys will hope to finally earn their first victory in their new stadium despite the fact they will not be playing in front of a crowd. They lost their opening contest at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium and have had a long wait to make their second appearance at the ground but they will be confident of success as they host Gold Coast Titans. Their opponents come into this game on the back of two losses to start the campaign, managing just six points in each match and they also have lots of question marks surrounding their defence. With Jason Taumalolo keen to carry on where he left off, he can help the Cowboys get off to a quick start and they should be able to lead at half-time before claiming the two competition points.

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