North Queensland Cowboys – $2 at Sportsbet
Brisbane Broncos – $1.80
All three Queensland sides lost last week and two of them will meet in the opening clash of NRL Round 21.
The finals dream is all but extinguished for the North Queensland Cowboys, who sit four points outside the top eight after copping six losses in their last seven games.
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The Brisbane Broncos looked like they had turned things around, but Anthony Seibold’s men are back in the bottom half after a 40-4 thumping by the Melbourne Storm.
Which team will turn it around and step into the winners’ circle this week? Here is our free betting analysis and predictions ahead of Thursday night’s NRL blockbuster.
North Queensland Cowboys Round 21 team news
Rookie winger Murray Taulagi drops to the reserves, with Gideon Gela-Mosby taking his place. Also in the emergencies are Reuben Cotter, Peter Hola and Corey Jensen.
Out: Murray Taulagi (reserves)
In: Gideon Gela-Mosby
Brisbane Broncos Round 21 team news
Tevita Pangai Jr returns from suspension, but Matt Gillett is still missing with a back injury. Joe Ofahengaue starts ahead of Thomas Flegler, while Alex Glenn moves to the centres and Xavier Coates drops out.
Out: Xavier Coates (reserves)
In: Tevita Pangai Jr
Cowboys vs Broncos tryscorer betting tips
Kyle Feldt – While a few of the Cowboys backs are in decent tryscoring form, this man is the most reliable of the lot. Feldt has notched seven tries in a truncated campaign and looks decent value at $2 with Sportsbet to find the line at any time.
Corey Oates – With 13 tries for the season, Oates is not the one to blame for the Broncos’ woes this year. The big winger is the $7 favourite for first tryscorer at Ladbrokes and is a good chance to deliver if the Brisbane halves get on top early.
Cowboys vs Broncos NRL stats and trends
- North Queensland’s last win came against the Sydney Roosters four weeks ago
- Cowboys half Michael Morgan leads the league for 40/20 kicks with three
- Brisbane’s loss to Melbourne was their first defeat since NRL Round 15
- The Broncos top the pops for tackle breaks with 680 this season
Cowboys vs Broncos NRL Round 21 predictions
The Cowboys have nothing to lose, but they look low on confidence and may already have an eye on next season. The Broncos undid four weeks of solid form with their collapse to the Storm, so Seibold and his staff will want to see a big response in Townsville.
Brisbane Broncos by 1-12 points – $3.10 at Sportsbet
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