2020 NRL – Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Sunday 19th July, 2020 – 07:05 (UK)

Where is Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Panthers Stadium, Penrith

What is the expected weather for Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys? 18c, mostly sunny

What channel is Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys 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 Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys? 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 Penrith Panthers vs North Queensland Cowboys? Click here for ticket information on 2020 NRL matches

THE TEAM NEWS

PENRITH PANTHERS

Starting 13: Edwards, Mansour, Whare, Crichton, Naden, Luai, Cleary, Tamou, Koroisau, Fisher-Harris, Kikau, Martin, Yeo – Interchanges: May, Leniu, Leota, Burns – Reserves: Kenny, Watene-Zelezniak

Unavailable: Kurt Capewell (Injured), Brian To’o (Injured), Zane Tetevano (Injured), Charlie Stains (Quarantined)

  • Penrith Panthers produced a devastating attacking display as they crossed for 10 tries in a demolition of Cronulla Sharks last week and the Panthers can end Round 10 at the top of the ladder with a win here.
  • 19-year-old Charlie Staines made a dream debut as he crossed for four tries with the Panthers highlighting their Premiership credentials with some superb ball movement as they racked up 56 points.
  • They have just one defeat to their name so far this season and will look to extend their winning run to five matches but they will be without Staines here after he broke the bio-security measures so has to self-isolate with Dean Whare returning from injury in his place.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Tabuai-Fidow, Feldt, Lemuelu, Marsters, O’Neill, Dunn, Clifford, McGuire, Robson, Molo, Wright, Hess, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Asi, Gilbert, Cooper, Cotter – Reserves: Taulagi, Jensen

Unavailable: Michael Morgan (Injured), John Asiata (Injured), Jordan McLean (Injured), Valentine Homles (Injured), Scott Drinkwater (Injured), Peter Hola (Injured)

  • North Queensland Cowboys suffered another big loss as they crumbled against reigning premiers Sydney Roosters last week and conceded 42 points in a 33-minute period as their defensive struggles continued.
  • The Cowboys started well and took the lead but failed to build on it and despite trailing by just six points at the break, the Roosters ran in six unanswered tries in a devastating spell to condemn North Queensland to a 16-42 loss.
  • Some late consolation points will have done little to impress head coach Paul Green whose job remains under pressure and to make matters worse, they have lost trio Scott Drinkwater, Valentine Holmes and Peter Hola to injuries with Mitchell Dunn a surprising pick at five-eighth.

THE PREDICTION

North Queensland Cowboys had conceded more points than any other side in the NRL ahead of Round 10 with 253 points shipped after allowing 42 against Sydney Roosters last week. They are conceding at an average of just over 28 per game and that is a real issue as they travel to Penrith Panthers, a side that scored 56 in their game last week. They were devastating with the ball as they cut loose against Cronulla Sharks and with just one loss to their name all season, the Panthers should be able to collect another big win with the margin set to be at least 16 points.

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