North Queensland Cowboys vs Wests Tigers: NRL live scores, blog
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Nth Queensland Vs. Wests Tigers
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 24 July, 2012
|Dairy Farmers Stadium, Kirwan, QLD|
|Nth Queensland 29 defeated Wests Tigers 16|
|Nth Queensland||Wests Tigers|
|Referee: M Cecchin|
|Touch judges: Nick Beashel & Michael Wise|
The Wests Tigers returned to winning ways last week but will need to be at their best if they are to match the in-form North Queensland Cowboys. Join us for live scores and commentary from 7:00pm AEST.
In one of the matches of the round, the Tigers and Cowboys clash in what should be an entertaining contest between two of the best attacking teams in the NRL.
While both teams do possess match-winners, it is the Cowboys that deserve favouritism here given last week’s terrific performance against the Storm down in Melbourne.
North Queensland managed to out-muscle and outplay a relatively full strength Storm outfit en route to a strong 20-16 victory.
The Tigers, on the other hand, were scrappy in their eight-point win against the Panthers last week, and only sealed victory courtesy of a very late try to Chris Heighington.
Regardless, a win is a win and last week’s victory against Penrith could allow the Tigers to kickstart their charge to the finals.
At their best the Cowboys play a very similar style to Melbourne and can blow teams off the park with their strong play upfront and terrific attack out wide.
Forwards James Tamou and Matt Scott played very well last week and constantly bent the Melbourne defensive line with their strong charges.
With Tamou and Scott laying such a terrific platform, Cowboys trio Matt Bowen, Johnathon Thurston and Aaron Payne dictated proceedings with possession and thus got the points in their battle against Storm playmakers Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk.
In short, the Cowboys will look to repeat last week’s performance and if they do, the Tigers will be in for a long night.
Despite attaining victory against Penrith, the Tigers did struggle to contain Penrith’s pack at home, and it remains to be seen if they possess the muscle necessary to match a very physical and mobile Cowboys pack.
Tigers forwards Aaron Woods and Keith Galloway must perform strongly tonight if the Tigers are any chance of going pound for pound with the Cowboys upfront.
If Woods and Galloway have strong games, Tigers playmakers Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah will get involved and will work the Cowboys over up the middle with their slick movement and passing games.
Overall, tonight’s contest promises to be one of the most entertaining matches of the season.
While the Tigers will keep the Cowboys honest in defence, North Queensland’s victory against Melbourne last week would have given Neil Henry’s troops enormous confidence, and should be favoured to reproduce that performance tonight against the Tigers.
Cowboys by 10.
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