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Cowboys vs Dragons
NRL, 21 July, 2018
|Fulltime - Cowboys 10, Dragons 24|
|Referee: Adam Gee|
|Touch judges: Alan Shortall & Rohan Best|
|Video Referee: Ashley Klein|
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Will the St George Illawarra Dragons bounce back after successive defeats or can the North Queensland Cowboys restore some much-needed pride? Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match at 7:35pm (AEST).
Some have recently suggested that the entire Cowboys team is in need of a rest and last week’s 38-12 loss to the Raiders only strengthened that claim.
After making it all the way to the grand final last year, North Queensland entered 2018 burdened by high expectations that they haven’t come close to fulfilling.
Wins have been hard to come by, with Paul Green’s men claiming just the one victory from their past eight games. As such, the threat of the wooden spoon is hanging, yet it doesn’t look to be motivating them.
Coach Green has still refused to make any drastic changes to the side, although Justin O’Neill replaces Antonio Winterstein on the wing, while Coen Hess starts for Shane Wright.
The Dragons have an unfortunate reputation for choking, and they have done themselves no favours in the past fortnight.
Back-to-back losses to the Storm and Tigers have only given their sceptics even more of a reason to argue that Paul McGregor’s men are simply making up the numbers in 2018.
After looking a possibility for the minor premiership, a loss on Saturday night could see Saints drop out of the top four for the first time this year.
The club desperately needs a win given that McGregor no longer has the opportunity to rest his State of Origin stars.
The Dragons may be on the decline but they have the perfect opportunity to regain confidence.
Dragons by 24.
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