NRL Previews - Cowboys v Knights (Round 2)

19-03-2011 09:30PM at Dairy Farmers Stadium

Referees: Jared Maxwell and Phil Haines
Touch Judges: Jason Walsh and Michael Wise
Video Referee: Phil Cooley

Both big winners in round 1 and both obviously improved from an off-season of soul searching. Did the Cowboys get in the room of mirrors and take a good, long, hard look at themselves? Or are they improved simply because Matt Bowen's knees have finally healed? Were they that bad last year? Or was Jonathan Thurston simply too damaged to perform at his world beating best? Am I going to ask any more questions?

No. You can see where I am going with this... defending the Cowboys' performance last year is difficult, but they already appear to be a different club and more importantly, fully fit. The Knights showed they are of a similar ilk last week at Penrith and now get to enjoy more steamy conditions in Townsville. This heat will bring them undone at crucial times on Saturday night as the Cowboys continue their resurgence, but only just in what shapes up to be a beauty.

My Tip: Cowboys 20-18

The Teams

  North Queensland Cowboys               Newcastle Knights 
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S. Bolton
A. Winterstein
B. Tate
1. Matt BowenFullback1. Kurt Gidley
2. Ashley GrahamWing2. James McManus
3. Will TupouCentre3. Junior Sau
4. Willie TongaCentre4. Wes Naiqama
5. Michael BaniWing5. Akuila Uate
6. Ray ThompsonFive Eighth6. Beau Henry
7. Johnathan ThurstonHalfback7. Jarrod Mullen
8. Matthew ScottProp8. Antonio Kaufusi
9. Aaron PayneHooker9. Matt Hilder
10. James TamouProp10. Evarn Tuimavave
11. Gavin CooperSecond Row11. Zeb Taia
12. Glenn HallSecond Row12. Cameron Ciraldo
13. Dallas JohnsonLock13. Chris Houston
14. Ben JonesInterchange14. Ben Rogers
15. Leeson Ah MauInterchange15. Cory Paterson
16. Tariq SimsInterchange16. Richard Fa'aoso
17. Ashton SimsInterchange17. Daniel Tolar
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I. De Gois
N. Costigan
M. Taufua

Head to Head

2010 NRL - Round 20 Dairy Farmers Stadium North Queensland Cowboys 28-24
2010 NRL - Round 6 EnergyAustralia Stadium Newcastle Knights 36-18
2009 Round 24 Energy Australia Stadium, Newcastle Newcastle Knights 32-26
2009 Round 11 Dairy Farmers Stadium North Queensland Cowboys 36-10
2008 Round 24 EnergyAustralia Stadium Newcastle Knights 38-24

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