NRL Match Previews - Cowboys v Knights (Round 20)

24-07-2010 07:30PM at Dairy Farmers Stadium

Referee: Steve Lyons and Chris James
Touch Judges: Clayton Sharpe and Gavin Reynolds
Referee: Phil Cooley

Somehow, whilst playing as bad as they have been, the Cowboys still provide hope that they will play an entertaining brand of football. This hope is all that the lovely people of Townsville will have apart from wishing for a quick and painless end to this abominable season. Speaking of which, they face the Knights on Saturday night in a match destined for Fox Sports' 9.30pm timeslot.

Completion rates will be low, errors high, tries soft and Luke O'Donnell angry in this one as the competition's cellar dwellers play for pride and not much else. The Cowboys forwards seem to have a little more firepower and that should be enough to give Jonathan Thurston space to work some magic. He does so by linking up nicely with the increasingly impressive Arana Taumata and old mate Matt Bowen.

My Man of the Match Prediction: Johnathan Thurston
My Tip: Cowboys 30-20

The Teams

  North Queensland Cowboys               Newcastle Knights 
A. Watts

J. Williams
S. Southern
M. Achuch
R. Thompson
1. Matt BowenFullback1. Kurt Gidley
2. Ashley GrahamWing2. Akuila Uate
3. Arana TaumataCentre3. Junior Sau
4. Willie TongaCentre4. Adam MacDougall
5. Will TupouWing5. James McManus
6. Grant RovelliFive Eighth6. Ben Rogers
7. Johnathan ThurstonHalfback7. Jarrod Mullen
8. Matthew ScottProp8. Ben Cross
9. Aaron PayneHooker9. Isaac De Gois
10. Willie MasonProp10. Daniel Tolar
11. Scott BoltonSecond Row11. Zeb Taia
12. Leeson Ah MauSecond Row12. Cameron Ciraldo
13. Luke O'DonnellLock13. Matt Hilder
14. Anthony WattsInterchange14. Wes Naiqama
15. Dane HoganInterchange15. Con Mika
16. Carl WebbInterchange16. Richard Fa'aoso
17. James TamouInterchange17. Antonio Kaufusi
No Suspensions

M. Karawana
E. Tuimavave
S. Simpson

Head to Head

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
2008 Round 14 Dairy Farmers Stadium Newcastle Knights 30-18

LeagueUnlimited Tipsters - Courtesy of

(Justin Davies)


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(Josh Hill)


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(Kevin Brennan)


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(Coby Delaney)


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(Steve Williams)


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