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.
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.
|WESTS TIGERS||NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS|
|James Tedesco||1||1||Ben Hampton|
|David Nofoaluma||2||2||Kyle Feldt|
|Esan Marsters||3||3||Javid Bowen|
|Kevin Naiqama||4||4||Kane Linnett|
|Malakai Watene-Zelezniak||5||5||Antonio Winterstein|
|Tuimoala Lolohea||6||6||Te Maire Martin|
|Luke Brooks||7||7||Michael Morgan|
|Aaron Woods||8||8||Corey Jensen|
|Matt McIlwrick||9||9||Jake Granville|
|Tim Grant||10||10||Scott Bolton|
|Michael Chee-Kam||11||11||Coen Hess|
|Josh Aloiai||12||12||Ethan Lowe|
|Matthew Eisenhuth||13||13||Jason Taumalolo|
|Alex Twal||14||14||John Asiata|
|Sauaso Sue||15||15||Shane Wright|
|Bayley Sironen||16||16||Patrick Mago|
|Jack Littlejohn||17||17||Shaun Fensom|
|Joel Edwards||18||18||Gavin Cooper|
|Ava Seumanufagai||19||19||Lachlan Coote|
|JJ Felise||20||20||Kyle Laybutt|
|Watson Heleta||21||21||Enari Tuala|
The Facts of The Matter
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.
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.
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.
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