NRL Round 20 – Match 5 Preview & Tips: North Queensland Cowboys v Newcastle Knights

The discouraging Cowboys have another home game in Round 20 as they host the Newcastle Knights at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night.

Can the Cowboys finally win a match? After such a dismal season it seems a surprise that their loyal fans continue to care as North Queensland’s season has been put to bed after they lost their fourth on the trot last week going down 26 – 16 to the Tigers.

Sitting in 15th spot with only the Storm below them, the Cowboys have failed to find results this year despite some pretty brave performances.

The Knights looked very flat when embarrassed 52 – 18 by the Raiders last week. Even though before that they won three in a row, they are well down the ladder in 12th and are another team unlikely to still be here come September.

Newcastle beat the Cowboys back in Round 6, but if North Queensland can keep the ball alive and get down the right end of the field they should be able to score enough points to win here.

When Thurston and Bowen combine they look dangerous and Newcastle’s defence has been pretty average this season, so Cowboy fans will have their fingers crossed that they won’t be let down again.

Ladbrokes.com.au have the Cowboys as the $1.60 favourites while the Knights are out to $2.35 following their horror game last round. However, this could work in favour of Newcastle, keen to take the sting out of their big loss with a win against a team plenty have beaten this season.

Willing to try anything, expect some entertaining attack from the Cowboys. If they can pull it off and don’t give the Knights too much possession, North Queensland should finally win one for their fans.

Footy Tip of the Match – Cowboys Try to be the ‘1st Scoring Play’ at $2 through Ladbrokes.com.au

NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:

The Cowboys will have the gloves off in this one, desperate to finally come away with a win for all their hard work. They will explode from the gates, keen to get off to a good start, so we are betting the ‘1st Scoring Play’ will be a North Queensland Try at $2 through Ladbrokes.com.au.

Current Head-to-Head Odds:

Cowboys $1.60 – Knights $2.35 Ladbrokes.com.au

Round 20 Cowboys Team:

1. Matthew Bowen 2. Ashley Graham 3. Arana Taumata 4. Willie Tonga 5. Will Tupou 6. Grant Rovelli 7. Johnathan Thurston 8. Matthew Scott 9. Aaron Payne 10. Willie Mason 11. Scott Bolton 12. Leeson Ah Mau 13. Luke O’Donnell

Bench: 14. Anthony Watts 15. Dane Hogan 16. Carl Webb 17. James Tamou

Reserve: 18. Ben Harris

Round 20 Knights Team:

1. Kurt Gidley 2. Akuila Uate 3. Junior Sa’u 4. Adam MacDougall 5. James McManus 6. Ben Rogers 7. Jarrod Mullen 8. Ben Cross 9. Isaac De Gois 10. Dan Tolar 11. Zeb Taia 12. Cameron Ciraldo 13. Matt Hilder

Bench: 14. Wes Naiqama 15. Con Mika 16. Richie Fa’aoso 17. Antonio Kaufusi

Reserve: 18. Mark Taufua