2020 NRL – Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Saturday 20th June, 2020 – 08:30 (UK)

Where is Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

What is the expected weather for Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys? 16c, partly cloudy

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

THE TEAM NEWS

WESTS TIGERS

Starting 13: Doueihi, Nofoaluma, J. Leilua, Mbye, Jennings, Reynolds, Brooks, Aloiai, Grant, Musgrove, Garner, L. Leilua, Twal – Interchanges: Eisenhuth, Mikaele, McIntyre, Chee-Kam – Reserves: Marshall, Lawrence

Unavailable: Jacob Liddle (Injured), Russell Packer (Suspended), Tommy Talau (Injured)

  • Wests Tigers showed a good response to their loss to Gold Coast Titans but it was not enough to prevent a second straight defeat as they were narrowly beaten by Canberra Raiders in a low-scoring contest last week.
  • Michael Maguire wielded the axe after the horror show against the Titans and his side showed some good character to aim-up in defence in what was a much better display but Wests looked a little lost in attack as they failed to ask a many questions and managed just six points.
  • Despite that, Maguire has retained Josh Reynolds and Luke Brooks in the halves with Benji Marshall again left on the sidelines but there are a few changes with Tommy Talau injured and Russell Packer banned while Chris Lawrence and Alex Seyfarth are dropped so Robert Jennings, Luke Garner, Matt Eisenhuth and Sam McIntyre all come into the side.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

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

Unavailable: Michael Morgan (Injured), John Asiata (Injured), Valentine Holmes (Injured), Jordan McLean (Injured), Tom Gilbert (Suspended)

  • North Queensland Cowboys put in another poor showing in defence as they were beaten by New Zealand Warriors last week and the Cowboys desperately need to fix issues on both sides of the ball if they are to get back to winning ways in this game with Wests Tigers.
  • The Cowboys only saw 44% of the ball against the Warriors and it proved to be detrimental to their chances, especially after enjoying the majority of the ball in their games so far this season with them starting Round 6 with an average of 55%, the second highest in the NRL.
  • To make matters worse for the Cowboys, they have suffered a trio of issues as Valentine Holmes and Jordan McLean are out injured while Tom Gilbert is banned so Connelly Lemuelu, Ben Hampton, Francis Molo and Corey Jensen all come into the 17 with Reuben Cotter another to make way.

THE PREDICTION

Wests Tigers pushed Canberra Raiders all the way last week and despite coming up short, they have a platform to work on as they face North Queensland Cowboys. Wests need to be better in attack but will be offered plenty of opportunities against a Cowboys defence that has allowed 63 points in their last two matches. The Cowboys also have some key players out too and with the Tigers winning the last three contests between the two teams, it is Wests that should be able to claim the much-needed victory.

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