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North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights: NRL live scores

16th March, 2024
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North Queensland Cowboys

21

Match Complete

Newcastle Knights

20

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North Queensland Cowboys

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Match Complete

Newcastle Knights

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C. Townsend81
J. Nanai76
V. Holmes61
T. Dearden60
53K. Ponga
49K. Ponga
48G. Marzhew
K. Feldt44
V. Holmes43
C. Townsend41
37K. Ponga
36A. Elliott
19K. Ponga
18A. Elliott

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Tries
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Conversions
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0
Penalty Goals
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1
Field Goals
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The North Queensland Cowboys host the Newcastle Knights to continue Saturday’s program at QCB Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 5.30pm AEDT.

Zac Laybutt has given North Queensland a potent injection of speed and skill at right centre and credits new assistant coach James Maloney for giving him a plan to attack.

The 22-year-old Papua New Guinea international scored two tries in a dazzling display in the 43-18 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

The Cowboys lost veteran centre Peta Hiku at the end of last year to the English Super League, and Laybutt has been given first crack at filling the void. It is now his jersey to lose.

Two-time premiership winner Maloney was a half who could control a game, but one of his strengths was being able to spot a flaw in the opposition’s defensive line off-the-cuff and make them pay.

Newcastle struggled on home turf to open their season against Canberra and need to bounce back to avoid an 0-2 start.

Kai Pearce-Paul’s impressive debut off the bench has earned him as starting spot, while Enari Tuala hurt his quad and will miss out. Tom Jenkins comes in for a club debut after joining from Penrith, as does former Bunny Jed Cartwright.

Prediction

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The Cowboys were humming against the Dolphins while Newcastle looked like they didn’t know each other in Round 1. Cowboys by 12

Game information

Venue: QCB Stadium
Kickoff: 5.30pm AEDT
TV: Fox League
Stream: Kayo Sports
Odds: Cowboys $1.42, Knights $2.90 – odds via PlayUp

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. Thomas Chester 19. Thomas Mikaele 20. Semi Valemei 21. Jack Gosiewski 22. Jake Clifford

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Thomas Jenkins 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Greg Marzhew 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jackson Hastings 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Phoenix Crossland 10. Leo Thompson 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Kai Pearce-Paul 13. Adam Elliott 14. Jack Cogger 15. Daniel Saifiti 16. Jack Hetherington 17. Jed Cartwright 18. Brodie Jones 19. Will Pryce 20. Fletcher Sharpe 21. Brodie Jones 22. Thomas Cant

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