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Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys: Lineups, Preview and Prediction

Campbelltown Stadium, Friday 25th August, 7:50pm AEST.


Overview

This Friday night clash holds high significance for both sides with the Tigers looking to avoid the wooden spoon and the Cowboys attempting to stay in the top eight.

North Queensland are coming off four losses in a row but have shown great resilience in recent weeks despite being decimated by injuries. That said, their defence was poor on Saturday night and that will have to improve to remain in finals contention.

Tigers fans have reason to be optimistic about this game, having recent come from behind to beat the Sea Eagles.  James Tedesco was everywhere for the Tigers and will be looking to put in a similarly impressive display once again.

Recent Meetings

2017 – Rd 6 Tigers 26 def. Cowboys 16 at 1300SMILES Stadium.

2016 – Rd 22 Tigers 26 def. Cowboys 14 at Leichhardt Oval

2015 – Rd 11 Cowboys 8 def. Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium

2014 – Rd 22 Cowboys 64 def. Tigers 6 at 1300SMILES Stadium.

2014 – Rd 5 Tigers 16 def. Cowboys 4 at Campbelltown Stadium.

The Tigers may be considerably worse off in the NRL ladder but they have won three of the last five games against the Cowboys, including their meeting in round six of 2017.

Another significant meeting came back in 2015, when the Tigers won the Grand Final against the Cowboys but that seems a long time ago now.

However, if the Tigers can continue their recent form against the Cowboys then they will most definitely avoid the wooden spoon.

Selected Teams

WESTS TIGERS NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS
James Tedesco11Ben Hampton
David Nofoaluma22Kyle Feldt
Esan Marsters33Javid Bowen
Kevin Naiqama44Kane Linnett
Malakai Watene-Zelezniak55Antonio Winterstein
Tuimoala Lolohea66Te Maire Martin
Luke Brooks77Michael Morgan
Aaron Woods88Corey Jensen
Matt McIlwrick99Jake Granville
Tim Grant1010Scott Bolton
Michael Chee-Kam1111Coen Hess
Josh Aloiai1212Ethan Lowe
Matthew Eisenhuth1313Jason Taumalolo
 INTERCHANGE 
Alex Twal1414John Asiata
Sauaso Sue1515Shane Wright
Bayley Sironen1616Patrick Mago
Jack Littlejohn1717Shaun Fensom
 RESERVES 
Joel Edwards1818Gavin Cooper
Ava Seumanufagai1919Lachlan Coote
JJ Felise2020Kyle Laybutt
Watson Heleta2121Enari Tuala

The Facts of The Matter

Wests Tigers

A large influx of players is set to join the Tigers for next season so the current squad will be looking to impress in the remainder of 2017.

They were embarrassed by the Roosters last week and owe their fans a much better performance this time around.

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The Tigers have shown that they can compete with teams higher in the table however and could take the victory with an improved display.

North Queensland Cowboys

The Cowboys must win two of their remaining three games to secure a spot in the finals after losing their last four outings.

Injury hit is very much an understatement in North Queensland’s case although their spirited displays have earned plenty of plaudits, while they have Gavin Cooper back available.

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Prediction

The Cowboys halves will have too much for the Tigers and their big men will get a roll on through the middle too. Cowboys by 10 and to claim seventh spot on the ladder.

Who do you think will win this Friday night clash, the Tigers or the Cowboys? Let us know in the comments and poll below.

  1. Who will take out this clash, Tigers or Cowboys?

    1. Wests Tigers
    2. North Queensland Cowboys
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Kieran Gibson

A Rugby League die hard, and supporter of 17 North Queensland Cowboys players, means I rarely have the time to support others. Jokes aside, I have been following League since 2004, and love to indulge in and analyse the National Rugby League Competition.

Wests Tigers vs North Queensland Cowboys: Lineups, Preview and Prediction

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