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Round 20 of the NRL kicks off with the Wests Tigers taking on the North Queensland Cowboys at Leichhardt Oval. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:50pm (AEST).
This round is chock full of matches that will have a large impact on the makeup of the top eight. This match is one of them, with the winner keeping their hopes alive and the loser getting close to booking September holidays.
The Tigers were impressive last week, coming back from a large deficit to beat the Knights in Newcastle. Veterans Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah had big games and, behind a hard-working pack, they find themselves still in contention in the log jam on 18 points.
Their run home is not the hardest, but they need to win their home games to have hopes of a rare semi-final appearance.
The Cowboys are definitely at the last chance saloon, with a mini-revival stopped in its tracks by back-to-back losses to the Rabbitohs and Sharks.
They led 14-4 against the Sharks last Thursday night but couldn’t hold on when it mattered. While the forward pack remains strong, the young backline let in a couple of tries late.
In a big in for the Cowboys, Michael Morgan returns after a three-week break due to concussion. John Asiata returns to the bench, while Corey Jensen goes back to the reserves.
Both teams will be desperate tonight, so we can look forward to a great game.
At Bankwest or Campbelltown, this would be a toss of the coin job for me. But the Tigers seem to save their best for Leichhardt Oval and I think that will prove the difference.
It will be close-run, but I think the Tigers will get home.
Wests Tigers by 6 points
When: 7:50pm AEST
Where: Leichhardt Oval
TV: Nine, Fox League
Online: Live Pass, Kayo
Betting: Wests Tigers $1.60, North Queensland Cowboys $2.30
1. Corey Thompson 2. Paul Momirovski 3. Moses Mbye 4. Esan Marsters 5. David Nofoaluma 6. Benji Marshall 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Robbie Farah 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Michael Chee-Kam 13. Ryan Matterson
Interchange: 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Alex Twal 17. Chris Lawrence
North Queensland Cowboys
1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Coen Hess 4. Tom Opacic 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Michael Morgan 7. Jake Clifford 8. Josh McGuire 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Shane Wright 13. Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14. John Asiata 15. Matt Scott 16. Scott Bolton 17. Francis Molo