NRL Match Previews - Cowboys v Storm (Round 8)

01-05-2010 07:30PM at Dairy Farmers Stadium

Referee: Gavin Badger and Gerard Sutton
Touch Judges: David Abood and Luke Phillips
Referee: Phil Cooley

You have to feel for North Queensland in this match. They are a very good chance of losing in a matchup against the best in the NRL; the best team that money can buy; the benchmark. Here's hoping the two points actually get given to someone and the Cowboys can get up. It would be a nice win for a team struggling with consistency this season. However, with the form of Willie Mason and Willie Tonga, there could be big result for them on the cards.

Unfortunately those cards tell me that the Storm have hidden an ace up their sleeve and will be dealing from the bottom of the deck: They will be too strong for the home side. There might be a 'come down' from the emotional high of last week for Melbourne but Craig Bellamy probably won't allow this to happen. Great battle of arguably the two best halfbacks in the competition will see the Storm come home stronger and the Cowboys lose their fourth in a row. Interesting to see how opposition fans react to the visitors.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Billy Slater
My Tip: Storm 24-14

The Teams

  North Queensland Cowboys               Melbourne Storm 
L. O'Donnell

M. Bowen
N. Slyney
1. Shannon GallantFullback1. Billy Slater
2. Ashley GrahamWing2. Matt Duffie
3. Will TupouCentre3. William Isa
4. Willie TongaCentre4. Greg Inglis
5. Michael BaniWing5. Anthony Quinn
6. Grant RovelliFive Eighth6. Brett Finch
7. Johnathan ThurstonHalfback7. Cooper Cronk
8. Matthew ScottProp8. Bryan Norrie
9. Anthony WattsHooker9. Cameron Smith
10. James TamouProp10. Jeff Lima
11. Scott BoltonSecond Row11. Adam Blair
12. Willie MasonSecond Row12. Ryan Hoffman
13. Steve RapiraLock13. Todd Lowrie
14. Clint AmosInterchange14. Ryan Hinchcliffe
15. Steve SouthernInterchange15. Kevin Proctor
16. Leeson Ah MauInterchange16. Ryan Tandy
17. Antonio KaufusiInterchange17. Jesse Bromwich
No Suspensions

S. Manu
S. Kite
C. Stanley

Head to Head

2009 Round 22 Olympic Park, Melbourne Melbourne Storm 20-8
2009 Round 3 Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Melbourne Storm 26-12
2008 Round 15 Olympic Park Stadium, Melb Melbourne Storm 48-20
2008 Round 7 Dairy Farmers Stadium Melbourne Storm 12-10
2007 Round 14 Dairy Farmers Stadium Melbourne Storm 58-12

LeagueUnlimited Tipsters - Courtesy of

(Justin Davies)


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(Kevin Brennan)


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Non Terminator
(Josh Hill)


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(Coby Delaney)


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(Steve Williams)


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