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

2nd July, 2022
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North Queensland Cowboys

40

Match Complete

Brisbane Broncos

26

80
NQC40 : 26BRI

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North Queensland Cowboys

40

Match Complete

Brisbane Broncos

26

V. Holmes80
M. Taulagi79
76A. Reynolds
76S. Cobbo
75A. Reynolds
74C. Oates
V. Holmes66
J. Nanai65
V. Holmes62
R. Robson61
56A. Reynolds
54C. Oates
V. Holmes48
K. Feldt47
V. Holmes44
G. Neame43
V. Holmes32
26A. Reynolds
V. Holmes20
V. Holmes16
M. Taulagi15
12A. Reynolds
11B. Walters

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6
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4
2
Penalty Goals
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Field Goals
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The North Queensland Cowboys take on the Brisbane Broncos at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEST.

At the start of the season, only the bravest Queenslander would have picked these two sides to be challenging for a top 4 spot at this point. However, that’s the reality, with the winner tonight one step closer to the top 4 goal.

Good teams find ways to win from almost impossible positions. Manly led the Cowboys 26-12 at home, last start, just eight minutes from full time. Three tries in four minutes and the Sea Eagles were done. Twelve months ago, the Cowboys would have lost by 30.

It is the quintessential mix of youth and experience. The likes of Chad Townsend and Jason Taumalolo are finding their best form alongside some of the best young names in the competition.

Valentine Holmes, Murray Taulagi, Jeremiah Nanai and Taumalolo have all been named to return from rep duty. Luciano Leilua has been named to make his debut for the Cowboys whilst Tom Gilbert is back after suffering an eye injury.

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Opposition teams rarely go to AAMI Park and win. The Broncos didn’t buck that trend but the 32-20 loss to the Storm suggested that they are not that far away.

One of the most impressive things about the performance was that they did it without Adam Reynolds. Reynolds is proving an astute buy on and off the field, with the likes of Pat Carrigan, Thomas Flegler and Selywn Cobbo reaching their potential this year.

Reynolds does return in a massive boost. All Origin and rep stars have also been named to return. Tyson Gamble has been named in the reserves but Ezra Mam is likely to keep his spot.

Prediction

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Excitement will be fever pitch at this one with a sold out stadium in Townsville.

There won’t be much in it, but you can’t go past the Cowboys. They are playing a great brand of football and their place in the top 4 is well deserved.

Cowboys by 8

Game information

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Kick-off: 5:30pm AEST
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
TV/Stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, Nine Network
Odds: Cowboys $1.50, Broncos $2.60 – odds via PlayUp

North Queensland

1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo

Interchange: 14. Jake Granville 15. Luciano Leilua 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame

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Brisbane

1. Te Maire Martin 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Billy Walters 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan

Interchange: 14. Jake Turpin 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia

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