Saturday sees the North Queensland boys attempt to give their fans something small to celebrate after such a dismal season by defeating the Bulldogs when Canterbury travel up to Dairy Farmers Stadium.
Both teams have said goodbye to September and have just three more games to struggle through before the end of the season.
The Cowboys look likely of finishing last of the Premiership contenders sitting in 15th spot and come into this one after losing three on the trot including their 37 – 18 loss to the Titans last week.
The Bulldogs have done a little better for themselves this year, now in 13th on the ladder but will be low on confidence after big losses to the Knights and the Raiders over the past fortnight.
North Queensland have the home ground advantage but are forced to play without Johnathan Thurston for the rest of the season, so whether they will have the points in them to win is debateable.
Still, the Cowboys look the more desperate as they won’t want to take out the ‘teaspoon’ and if they win and the Sharks lose this week they could be safe from that fate.
The home side have also been outscoring the Doggies over the last few weeks, but Canterbury are still the $1.60 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au with the Cowboys out to $2.35.
With so little to play for it will be interesting to see which team can rise and win.
We think it could be the Cowboys and are tipping an upset even though Luke O’Donnell is also out after tearing a ligament in his knee.
That said, if you don’t want to risk it stick to the blue and whites as Barba is a real danger and could score enough on his own to outplay the boys up North.
Footy Tip of the Match – Willie Tonga to score first for the Cowboys at $6 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Cowboys $2.35 – Bulldogs $1.60 Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
Despite their poor record this season the Cowboys boast plenty of talent including winger Willie Tonga. An ex-Bulldogs player, we think Tonga will be on fire here and are backing him to score the Cowboy’s first try at $6 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Round 24 Cowboys Team:
1. Matthew Bowen 2. Ashley Graham 3. Ty Williams 4. Willie Tonga 5. John Williams 6. Arana Taumata 7. Grant Rovelli 8. Matt Scott 9. Aaron Payne 10. Willie Mason 11. Scott Bolton 12. Leeson Ah Mau 13. Ben Harris
Bench: 14. Anthony Watts 15. Nick Slyney 16. Carl Webb 17. Isaak Ah Mau
Round 24 Bulldogs Team:
1. Luke Patten 2. Steve Turner 3. Josh Morris 4. Daniel Rauicava 5. Bryson Goodwin 6. Ben Roberts 7. Brett Kimmorley 8. Michael Hodgson 9. Michael Ennis 10. Ryan Tandy 11. Jamal Idris 12. Andrew Ryan 13. David Stagg
Bench: 14. Mickey Paea 15. Dene Halatau 16. Chris Armit 17. Ben Barba