NRL Match Previews - North Queensland Cowboys v Gold Coast Titans

03-04-2010 07:30PM at Dairy Farmers Stadium

Referee: Steve Lyons and Alan Shortall
Touch Judges: Daniel Eastwood and Ricky McFarlane
Referee: Chris Ward

Cowboys coach Neil Henry has named Ray Thompson to partner Thurston in the halves. This will be good for the up-and-coming Thompson and even better for North Qld in the long run. Thurston has been crying out for some help in attack and the Grant Rovelli experiment ended with a whimper last week. So now seems the perfect time to blood a new five eighth: at home against a Gold Coast team that loses potency and direction without captain Scott Prince.

However, the Titans have enough depth to cover this loss with William Zillman coming into the starting squad and a forward pack that is healthy, talented and aggressive in defense. Judging from the way he destroyed the Raiders last week, Greg Bird is finding some form and will be too much for the Cowboys whose home ground does not bring the same advantages it once did. Keep an eye on Thompson though, the kid is talented.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Greg Bird
My Tip: Titans 18-14

The Teams

  North Queensland Cowboys               Gold Coast Titans 
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C. Amos
M. Bowen
N. Slyney
1. Ty WilliamsFullback1. William Zillman
2. John WilliamsWing2. Kevin Gordon
3. Ashley GrahamCentre3. Mat Rogers
4. Willie TongaCentre4. Joseph Tomane
5. Will TupouWing5. David Mead
6. Ray ThompsonFive Eighth6. Greg Bird
7. Johnathan ThurstonHalfback7. Preston Campbell
8. Matthew ScottProp8. Luke Bailey
9. Aaron PayneHooker9. Nathan Friend
10. Antonio KaufusiProp10. Brad Meyers
11. Scott BoltonSecond Row11. Anthony Laffranchi
12. Steve RapiraSecond Row12. Mark Minichiello
13. Luke O'DonnellLock13. Ashley Harrison
14. Anthony WattsInterchange14. Matthew White
15. James TamouInterchange15. Sam Tagataese
16. Willie MasonInterchange16. Will Matthews
17. Carl WebbInterchange17. Riley Brown
B. Thompson

J. Atkins
L. O'Dwyer
S. Prince

Head to Head

2009 Round 21 Skilled Park, Robina QLD North Queensland Cowboys 34-18
2009 Round 5 Dairy Farmers Stadium Gold Coast Titans 14-10
2008 Round 23 Dairy Farmers Stadium Gold Coast Titans 26-20
2008 Round 1 Skilled Park, Robina Gold Coast Titans 36-18
2007 Round 8 Gold Coast Stadium North Queensland Cowboys 24-10

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