There is no way the Cowboys can beat the Roosters when they play at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Saturday night right?
Maybe on paper North Queensland don’t stand a chance, but all NRL fans know that the games aren’t played on paper they are played on the field and in the final round of the regular season anything can happen.
We all saw what can happen to one of the top teams if they don’t stay focused when the Titans went down to the Sharks and even though Sydney enjoyed a terrific come-from-behind win over the Sea Eagles last week, before that they lost three on the trot and at the start of the season were one of the most hit and miss teams in the competition.
However, the Cowboys may be just one below the Sharks on the ladder, officially set to finish last of the Premiership contenders, but they have shown none of the determination or ability to lift that Cronulla have of late so an upset here is still unlikely.
The bookies agree and there is little surprise that North Queensland are the underdogs currently at $3.70 through Ladbrokes.com.au while the Roosters are paying $1.28.
The home side have beaten the Roosters previously this year when they met back in Round 9 and North Queensland ran in a 32 – 14 victory, but after losing five on the trot including a massive 44 point thrashing by the Raiders last week, the Cowboys are likely to be worn and weary and unable to stop the Roosters from flying high.
When Carney and Kenny-Dowall combine the Chooks will have plenty of points to overcome the Cowboys and are still a chance at the top four if the Titans fall down to the Tigers Friday night.
Could be a long night for the Cowboys, any of their devout fans that show up and a disappointing 200th NRL game for Matty Bowen.
Footy Tip of the Match – Shaun Kenny-Dowall to be the 1st Tryscorer at $10 through Ladbrokes.com.au
Current Head-to-Head Odds:
Cowboys $3.70 – Roosters $1.28 Ladbrokes.com.au
NRLleague Footy Tip of the Match:
Shaun Kenny-Dowall has been sensational recently and posted a hat-trick of tries for the Roosters last week including their first of the night. We like this guy and are putting our money on him to be the ‘1st Tryscorer’ here at $10 through Ladbrokes.com.au.
Round 26 Cowboys Team:
1. Matthew Bowen 2. Michael Bani 3. Ty Williams 4. Ashley Graham 5. John Williams 6. Grant Rovelli 7. Aaron Payne 8. Matt Scott 9. Clint Amos 10. Willie Mason 11. Scott Bolton 12. Leeson Ah Mau 13. Ben Harris
Bench: 14. Anthony Watts 15. Nick Slyney 16. Carl Webb 17. James Tamou
Round 26 Roosters Team:
1. Anthony Miniciello 2. Phil Graham 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5. Sam Perrett 6. Todd Carney 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. Jason Ryles 9. Jake Friend 10. Nate Myles 11. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Braith Anasta
Bench: 14. Martin Kennedy 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Mose Masoe 17. Nick Kouparitsas
Reserve: 18. Lopini Paea