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North Queensland Cowboys vs New Zealand Warriors: NRL live scores, blog

28th May, 2021
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North Queensland Cowboys

29

Match Complete

New Zealand Warriors

28

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North Queensland Cowboys

29

Match Complete

New Zealand Warriors

28

V. Holmes79
V. Holmes76
H. Tabuai-Fidow75
66K. Nikorima
65B. Murdoch-Masila
59M. Montoya
49K. Nikorima
47R. Walsh
45K. Nikorima
43E. Aitken
V. Holmes39
S. Drinkwater38
V. Holmes37
J. Clifford36
M. Taulagi26
V. Holmes14
K. Feldt13
4K. Nikorima
2E. Aitken

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Tries
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Conversions
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0
Penalty Goals
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Field Goals
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The North Queensland Cowboys host the New Zealand Warriors in a match that could see the victor jump into the top eight. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary tonight from 6pm (AEST).

The Warriors and Cowboys have similar motives in this one, occupying ninth and tenth place on the ladder respectively, only out of the top eight on for-and-against. As we often see each season, there is a real scramble for positions at the bottom of the eight, and these are the sort of games you have to win if that is where you want to end up by September.

The Cowboys pack has taken a bit of a beating, losing key-man Jason Taumalolo and Lachlan Burr through suspension. Francis Molo is also out with a head-knock. Corey Jensen, Coen Hess and Peter Hola replace the trio, while speedster Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow returns in the centres.

The Warriors have named an unchanged 17 for the first time this year. After some tinkering with the line-up, Nathan Brown seems to have settled on Reece Walsh at fullback. They seem like a more damaging football side with him at the back, and after he scored a try and set up three others last week, the number one jumper looks to be his for the time being. Scott Drinkwater looks to be key for the Cowboys, he has been the source of plenty of their points over the last few weeks. Without Taumololo, more responsibility will be on him to steer the team around.

Both teams are last start winners in high-scoring affairs. The Cowboys got over the Knights in a shootout last Thursday in Townsville, with the Warriors doing similarly against the Tigers on the Central Coast last Friday. Results historically are pretty even between the two, with the Warriors coming away with a narrow win against the Cowboys in Round 8 this year.

Prediction
This is one of a few games this weekend that could genuinely go either way, and could end up with any number of points scored. Their match earlier in the season came down to the final minutes and I would expect the same here tonight. This is an opportunity to notch a win going into Origin, and springboard into the second half of the season.

The Warriors have been the tougher side this year, and with Reece Walsh now starting at the back, I think they have the edge going into this one.

Warriors by 8

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Game information

Kick-off: 6pm (AEST)
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
TV: Fox League
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel Now, Foxtel Go
Odds: Cowboys $2.06, Warriors $1.76 (odds via PlayUp)

Teams

Cowboys
1. Valentine Holmes, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Javid Bowen, 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 5. Murray Taulagi, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Jake Clifford, 8. Tom Gilbert, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Jordan McLean (c), 11. Shane Wright, 12. Mitch Dunn, 13. Coen Hess

Bench/Reserves: 14. Jake Granville, 15. Peter Hola, 16. Coorey Jensen, 17. Heilum Luki | 18. Justin O’Neill, 19. Ben Condon, 20. Daejarn Asi, 21. Emry Pere

Warriors
1. Reece Walsh, 2. Marcelo Montoya, 3. Adam Pompey, 4. Euan Aitken, 5. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita, 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 9. Wayde Egan, 10. Kane Evans, 11. Jack Murchie, 12. Eliesa Katoa, 13. Tohu Harris

Bench/Reserves: 14. Jazz Tevaga, 15. Leeson Ah Mau, 16. Bunty Afoa, 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila | 18. Taniela Otukolo, 20. Rocco Berry, 21. Sean O’Sullivan, 22. Jackson Frei

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