August 27, 2021 1:56 PM
Ash Wheldon

2021 NRL – St. George Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Saturday 28th August, 2021 – 06:00 (UK)

Where is St. George Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys taking place? Browne Park, Rockhampton

Where can I get tickets for St. George Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys? Click here for ticket information on 2021 NRL matches

What channel is St. George Illawarra Dragons 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 St. George Illawarra Dragons 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

THE TEAM NEWS

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Starting 13: Sloan, Mat. Feagai, Bird, Lomax, Ravalawa, Amone, Norman, Lawrie, Sullivan, McGuire, Burns, Sims, de Belin – Interchanges: Lussick, Fuimaono, Alvaro, Ford – Reserves: Faamausili, Beale

Unavailable: Cameron McInnes (Injured), Ben Hunt (Injured), Cody Ramsey (Injured), Andrew McCullough (Injured)

  • St. George Illawarra Dragons’ season continues to nosedive after losing for the sixth successive match last time out against Sydney Roosters, leaving their hopes of making the top eight hanging by a thread.
  • The Dragons struggled defensively once again and they come into this game with a points differential of -126 despite sitting just four points off eighth spot but they will hope to end their poor run against a North Queensland Cowboys side that they have defeated in five of their last seven clashes.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Starting 13: Tabuai-Fidow, Feldt, Holmes, Hampton, Taulagi, Drinkwater, Dearden, Taumalolo, Robson, McLean, Condon, Luki, Cotter – Interchanges: Granville, Nanai, Dunn, Neame – Reserves: Gilbert, Asi

Unavailable: Javid Bowen (Injured), Kane Bradley (Injured), Lachlan Burr (Injured), Coen Hess (Injured)

  • North Queensland Cowboys suffered a tenth consecutive defeat with Parramatta Eels the latest side to get the better of them and unless they can find a way to end that run before the end of the season, they look to finish the campaign in 15th place.
  • It has been a hugely underwhelming campaign in Todd Payten’s first in charge and while he now has almost a full-strength roster to choose from, time is running out for the Cowboys to end the year with a win.

THE PREDICTION

These two out-of-form teams meet with little more than pride at stake, even though St. George Illawarra Dragons can still mathematically make the top eight. They will need to win their final two matches and hope other results fall their way but it looks very unlikely for them after losing their last six. North Queensland Cowboys on the other hand have lost their last ten but while both teams are low on form, they look set to give the ball some air in a bid to end their poor records and that should result in a high-scoring contest with at least 50 points likely to be scored, although that is set to be because of their respective lack of defensive ability.

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