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Dolphins vs North Queensland Cowboys: AS IT HAPPENED

10th March, 2024
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Dolphins

18

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North Queensland Cowboys

43

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10th March, 2024
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Dolphins

18

Match Complete

North Queensland Cowboys

43

J. Isaako74
J. Bostock73
67V. Holmes
48V. Holmes
47H. Luki
39C. Townsend
36V. Holmes
35M. Taulagi
J. Isaako32
J. Kerr31
30V. Holmes
29K. Feldt
25V. Holmes
24J. Nanai
13V. Holmes
11T. Dearden
J. Isaako8
T. Flegler7
3V. Holmes
2Z. Laybutt

3
Tries
6
3
Conversions
7
0
Penalty Goals
0
0
Field Goals
1

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The Dolphins host the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium to kick off their 2023 NRL season. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:05pm (AEDT).

The Cowboys are without Coen Hess after he tore his ACL in the trials but are otherwise at full strength.

Zac Laybutt gets the centre berth left vacant by Peta Hiku’s switch to the Super League. Reuben Cotter sat out All-Stars due to a few recent concussions but is not considered in doubt for Round 1.

Cowboys veteran Kyle Feldt has beaten Fijian ace Semi Valemei to a wing spot. 

Wayne Bennett has made two big selection calls with centre Tesi Niu and No.6 Kodi Nikorima getting the nod for Sunday’s NRL round-one clash with North Queensland.

Niu edged out speedster Jake Averillo who was recruited from Canterbury on a three-year deal after losing eight kilograms in the off-season and performing strongly in both trials.

Veteran Nikorima, who played multiple positions in 2023, has been preferred to 20-year-old five-eighth Isaiya Katoa, who featured 22 times last year.

Prediction

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Both teams enter the season with hopes to go higher than last year – the Dolphins looking to build on their foundation season and the Cowboys keen to bounce back into the finals after a down year. Cowboys by 10.

Game information

Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick-off: 4:05pm AEDT
TV: Fox League, Nine
Stream: Kayo Sports, 9Now
Odds: Dolphins $2.45, Cowboys $1.55 – odds via PlayUp

Dolphins: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Jamayne Isaako 3. Tesi Niu 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Jack Bostock 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Sean O’Sullivan 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Thomas Flegler 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Connelly Lemuelu 13. Ray Stone 14. Josh Kerr 15. Max Plath 16. Kenny Bromwich 17. Mark Nicholls 18. Jarrod Wallace 19. Jake Averillo 20. Oryn Keeley 21. Euan Aitken 22. Isaiya Katoa

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Zac Laybutt 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Jason Taumalolo 11. Heilum Luki 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Reuben Cotter 14. Jake Granville 15. Griffin Neame 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 18. Tomas Chester 19. Thomas Mikaele 20. Semi Valemei 21. Jack Gosiewski 22. Jake Clifford

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