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North Queensland Cowboys vs Brisbane Broncos: NRL live scores, blog

9th August, 2018

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Cowboys vs Broncos

NRL, 9 August, 2018

1300SMILES Stadium
Fulltime - Cowboys 34, Broncos 30
Cowboys   Broncos
34 FINAL SCORE 30
5 TRIES 4
4 CONVERSION KICKS 4
3 PENALTY GOALS 3
0 FIELD GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Grant Atkins
Touch judges: Michael Wise & Phil Henderson
Video Referee: Ashley Klein
Kickoff: 7:50pm (AEST)
Venue: 1300Smiles Stadium, Townsville
TV: Live, Nine Network and Fox League
Last meeting: Broncos defeated Cowboys 24-20 (Round 2, 2018)
Head-to-head: 49 played – Cowboys 15, Broncos 32, 2 drawn

North Queensland Cowboys
1. Te Maire Martin, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Enari Tuala, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Justin O'Neill, 6. Jake Clifford, 7. Johnathan Thurston, 8. Matthew Scott, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Gavin Cooper, 12. Coen Hess, 13. Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton, 15. John Asiata, 16. Corey Jensen, 17. Scott Bolton
Reserves: 18. Ethan Lowe, 19. Gideon Gela-Mosby, 20. Lachlan Coote, 24. Francis Molo

Brisbane Broncos
1. Darius Boyd, 2. Corey Oates, 3. James Roberts, 4. Gehamat Shibasaki, 5. Jamayne Isaako, 6. Anthony Milford, 7. Kodi Nikorima, 8. Matthew Lodge, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Sam Thaiday, 11. Alex Glenn, 12. David Fifita, 13. Joe Ofahengaue
Interchange: 14. Sam Tagataese, 15. Patrick Mago, 16. Korbin Sims, 17. Kotoni Staggs
Reserves: 18. George Fai, 19. Troy Dargan, 20. Jordan Kahu, 21. Tevita Pangai Junior
The Cowboys host the Eels. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
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The Brisbane Broncos head to the Townsville, with the North Queensland Cowboys looking to upset their archrivals. Join The Roar from 7:50pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage of the match.

Johnathan Thurston’s form has improved considerably over the last fortnight, as North Queensland came from behind to defeat Newcastle and were within six points of the third-placed Sydney Roosters.

The spotlight will be on Thurston to deliver the Cowboys another miracle in his last-ever Queensland derby, although the key is matching the Broncos through the middle and creating enterprising play to fatigue their big park.

If Jake Granville can work effectively from the ruck, the Cowboys can turn the Broncos inside out and create a massive upset.

Despite having secured a spot inside the top eight, Brisbane are in a precarious position following a loss to the Bulldogs last week.

Wayne Bennett’s men have been inconsistent in recent weeks, conceding a heavy loss to the Warriors before posting 50 points on the Panthers and grinding out a win against the Sharks.

Bennett has shaken up his backline, with Darius Boyd returning to fullback, moving Jamayne Isaako to the wing and prompting Gehamat Shibasaki to debut at centre in place of Jordan Kahu. Tevita Pangai Jr has been dropped to the reserves while Josh McGuire is suspended.

The Broncos and Cowboys’ last meeting saw Brisbane win 24-20 in Round 2 this year. These teams have taken part in some classic battles in recent years, six of the last eight meetings being decided by four points or less, including the 2015 NRL grand final, when Thurston slotted the premiership-winning field goal in extra time.

The Broncos have won just once in their last five visits to Townsville, their solitary win coming last year.

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Prediction
Johnathan Thurston will help his side to an upset win, with a field goal.

Cowboys by 1.

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