MATCH UP STATS
Round 9 resultsWests Tigers: Tigers 4 defeated by Warriors 26North Queensland Cowboys: Cowboys 26 defeated Panthers 20
7.50pm Thursday May 10, 2018, at Leichhardt Oval
ONE team is heading upwards while the other is hoping to halt a three game losing streak which has seen them fall from third on the ladder to the bottom half of the eight.
The North Queensland Cowboys travel to NSW following a nail-biting two point victory over the Panthers at Carrington Park.
It was a return to form for last year’s Grand Finallists, who had struggled to find anything close to that form in the opening two months of the season. Cowboy’s coach Paul Green said the win displayed to the competition that the “old Cowboys spirit was back”.
The Wests Tigers slumped to their third-straight defeat last week against the Warriors.
Journeying across the Tasman to a stadium they have had great record at, the Tigers were wiped off the park by the home side. The Warriors crossed the line five times to the Tigers’ solitary try in a dismal display by a side that should have been much more desperate.
If Wests Tigers are to arrest the momentum back and get their season on track they will need to be much better on the offensive end.
Can the Cowboys string a second consecutive win together for the first time this year or can Wests snap their losing streak?
Players to watch – Tigers v Cowboys
Tigers – Benji Marshall: Benji didn’t fire a shot last week back in his home country, but great thing about regular season footy is the enigmatic playmaker gets the chance to atone next round. His side crossed the chalk just once last week, and if they are to better that they’ll need a significant impact from their skipper.
Cowboys – Johnathan Thurston: The North Queensland talisman was back to his brilliant best last week, guiding his side to a much-needed win over the Panthers by setting up a number of teammates as well as scoring a try in the second half of the match which proved to be the game winner. Don’t put it beyond the champ to produce another sterling effort.
Predicted Tigers team
1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Mahe Fonua, 6 Benji Marshall (c), 7 Luke Brooks, 17 Sauaso Sue, 13 Elijah Taylor, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 8 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 9 Pita Godinet, 14 Alex Twal, 16 Michael Chee-Kam, 18 Tim Grant
Predict Cowboys team
1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Justin O’Neill, 4 Ben Hampton, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 8 Matthew Scott (c), 9 Jake Granville, 10 Scott Bolton, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Coen Hess, 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14 Te Maire Martin, 15 Shaun Fensom, 16 Corey Jensen, 17 Ethan Lowe
Tigers v Cowboys – who will win?
The Cowboys got their season back on track with a spirited win over the Panthers last week and we think it is enough to suggest an upswing in form is in the offing.
The Tigers slumped to a third-straight defeat against the Warriors in round 9 and it seems like Wests are teetering on the edge of free-fall.
They might not do it with the ease in which they did it last season, but we’re confident the Cowboys will deliver back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
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