NRL Round 15: Cowboys vs Warriors preview and prediction

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    The Cowboys will be looking to give their ailing season a shot in the arm when they host the Warriors in Townsville on Friday night.

    North Queensland are just about down to their last chance as they take on the Warriors in Townsville on Friday night. The Cowboys put in perhaps their worst performance of a wretched season to date, going down 20-14 to the bottom-placed Eels in Darwin to remain in 14th spot on the competition table.

    The Warriors responded well from their bye with a thumping 34-14 victory over the Sea Eagles at AMI Stadium in Otago. The Warriors are on track to make the finals for the first time since 2011, sitting in fourth place after 14 rounds.

    North Queensland Cowboys scouting report
    The Cowboys have a host of changes, with Michael Morgan returning at fullback at the expense of Lachlan Coote. Kane Linnett moves into the starting side for Justin O’Neill, who is the 18th man. Javid Bowen comes in for the injured Antonio Winterstein, while Origin forwards Gavin Cooper and Coen Hess have been named in the starting side after coming off the bench against the Eels. Scott Bolton is also back to further bolster the Cowboys pack from a rib injury.

    New Zealand Warriors scouting report
    The Warriors welcome back captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who returns from an ankle injury, at fullback. Peta Hiku moves back to centres after filling in at number one last weekend. Gerard Beale drops out of the 17.

    Verdict
    I am going for something of an upset here and for the Cowboys to play one of their better games of the season at home. They were horrible last week and I think they would have been really embarrassed.

    The Cowboys have won just two of their past nine games, and I expect them to finally come out blazing and start fast and beat a Warriors side that can still be a little flaky on the road.

    I’m expecting this game to be open, high scoring and close throughout, and for the Cowboys to spring a surprise to keep their really faint finals hopes alive.

    Cowboys by two to ten points.

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    • Roar Rookie

      June 15th 2018 @ 5:36am
      up in the north said | June 15th 2018 @ 5:36am | ! Report

      I hope you’re right. I’ve just about run out of excuses for them.

      • June 15th 2018 @ 6:07am
        3 recalcitrant monkeys said | June 15th 2018 @ 6:07am | ! Report

        Well he was right about how rubbish we would be this season you have to give eddie that.
        This pie tastes bitter..

    • June 15th 2018 @ 9:45am
      Aem said | June 15th 2018 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Fusitua is out (ankle), Beale back into the side (on the wing, apparently).

      Bad blow, probably made worse by Beale moving into the wing spot and not Hiku – Hiku is more suited to the wing (shame for him that Maumalo chose this year to become a competent first grader and block his path to regular NRL in his best position), and is not a good defender at all in the centres. Beale can at least be competent in defence.

    • Roar Rookie

      June 15th 2018 @ 10:37am
      Joe said | June 15th 2018 @ 10:37am | ! Report

      Everything so far this season points to a Warriors win but I think the Cowboys will get a narrow win. No real logic to it just another upset in a season of upsets.

    • June 15th 2018 @ 3:24pm
      oldcowboy said | June 15th 2018 @ 3:24pm | ! Report

      I am still waiting for the cowboys to roll out some of their exciting young talent that they supposedly have, every new face so far isn’t new and have been tried before and failed and as for the recruitment of Val Holmes, they are probably paying him what they said they didn’t have to keep Ponga. It makes it hard to be a beleiver when your obviously being LIED to I am convinced Peter Par has not been doing his job, he was out of his skill level as general manager and was removed/demoted from that position to the position of football department manager and has looked capable when JT and co were playing above and beyond but is being shown up as incompetent as far as forward planning and recruitment goes

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