2021 NRL – North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Friday 23rd July, 2021 – 10:55 (UK)

Where is North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm taking place? Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville

Where can I get tickets for North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm 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 Melbourne Storm? 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

THE TEAM NEWS

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Drinkwater, Feldt, Taulagi, Lemuelu, Bradley, Asi, Dearden, Molo, Robson, McLean, Wright, Dunn, Taumalolo – Interchanges: Gilbert, Luki, Hess, Granville – Reserves: Burr, Bell

Unavailable: Reuben Cotter (Injured), Ben Hampton (Injured), Valentine Holmes (Injured), Javid Bowen (Injured), Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Injured)

  • North Queensland Cowboys’ issues continued as they succumbed to a fifth consecutive loss after going down to Sydney Roosters last week and their top eight hopes continue to evaporate every round.
  • Things do not get any easier for the Cowboys who take on top of the ladder Melbourne Storm and they must do so without Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow who has been ruled out with appendicitis.

MELBOURNE STORM

Starting 13: Hynes, Ieremia, R. Smith, Olam, Addo-Carr, Johns, Hughes, J. Bromwich. B. Smith, Welch, Lewis K. Bromwich, Kamikamica – Interchanges: Pene, Asofa-Solomona, Papenhuyzen, Loiero – Reserves: J. Grant, Lumelume

Unavailable: Max King (Injured), Ryley Jacks (Injured), Harry Grant (Injured), Tom Eisenhuth (Injured), Brenko Lee (Injured), George Jennings (Injured), Dale Finucane (Rested), Felise Kaufusi (Rested), Cameron Munster (Rested)

  • Melbourne Storm continued their excellent run of form and they did so in impressive fashion once again as they blew Newcastle Knights away last week in what was a 14th consecutive victory.
  • They will now go in search of what would be a club record-equalling 15th straight success and while they have opted to rest a few of their key men once again, they are boosted by the return of Ryan Papenhuyzen from injury and Nelson Asofa-Solomona from a ban.

THE PREDICTION

North Queensland Cowboys’ hopes of making the top eight continue to become more slender as each round passes and after losing their last five, it is far from ideal that they come up against Melbourne Storm. The league leaders are demolishing everything in their wake at present and their devastating run of form now stands at 14 successive wins. It is hard to see anyone stopping them at present and with the Cowboys continue to look frail defensively, another big win is on the cards for the Storm who can cover the -24 handicap.

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