St George Illawarra Dragons vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL live scores, blog
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St George-Illa. Vs. Nth Queensland
2012 NRL Premiership Season, 21 August, 2012
|WIN Stadium, Wollongong, NSW|
|Nth Queensland 32 defeated St George-Illa. 22|
|St George-Illa.||Nth Queensland|
|Referee: Ashley Klein|
|Touch judges: J Younis & Adam Gee|
The North Queensland Cowboys must snatch a rare win in Sydney if they are to keep their faint top four hopes alive when they face St George Illawarra Dragons. Join us for NRL live scores and blog from 7:00pm AEST.
Season 2012 appears all but over for the Dragons after stumbling their way to disappointing defeats over the past fortnight.
After securing a great win against Melbourne three weeks ago, the Dragons have suffered losses to the Roosters and Tigers and appear to be out of the running for a finals birth.
St George Illawarra now face a Cowboys unit well in the running for a top four birth, especially after their 52-6 demolition of the Warriors last week.
Despite their solid season thus far, North Queensland continue to struggle immensely when playing in New South Wales and really need to turn the corner tonight if they are to consider themselves premiership contenders.
Since 2008, the Cowboys have won just six of 33 matches in NSW, so the Dragons will fancy their chances of ambushing North Queensland tonight.
The Dragons started well enough against the Tigers thanks to their strong play up the middle last week and will look to replicate that form again against the Cowboys.
If the Dragons can get a move on upfront, the inform Brett Morris will cause havoc on the edges against a Cowboys edge defence that is very penetrable.
Expect St George Illawarra to also play simple tonight in a bid to unsettle the Cowboys.
North Queensland love to play a high tempo game where Matt Bowen and Johnathon Thurston can take control of proceedings around the ruck.
The Cowboys however are not a fan of the arm wrestle and can lose their way in possession when opposition teams play a more territory based game.
If this contest remains an arm wrestle for the majority of the match, the Dragons should be favoured to secure a tight win.
With so much on the line for the Cowboys however, one expects Thurston and Bowen to guide North Queensland home in a scrappy contest.
Cowboys by 7
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