The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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19-03-2011 09:30PM at Dairy Farmers Stadium
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.
|North Queensland Cowboys Newcastle Knights|
I. De Gois
|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|