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North Queensland Cowboys vs Wests Tigers Tips - Cowboys to cover second half line
- Round 22 fixture scheduled at Townsville's Queensland Country Bank Stadium on Saturday
- The Cowboys are out to end an 8-game losing spell
- The Tigers beat the Bulldogs last week to snap a 2-game slide
- The Cowboys tamed the Tigers in Round 5
The Cowboys and Tigers meet again on Saturday. (Matt King/Getty Images)
The North Queensland Cowboys never looked like competing with the Titans throughout the 36-14 loss last week.
If anything, the Cows did well to keep it that close given they played with just 43% possession. Meanwhile, the Wests Tigers struggled to turn their possession advantage into points in the second half last week. The final 28-16 result shouldn’t have been as close as it was.
Jason Taumalolo is out for the Cowboys. So too is Murray Taulagi and Lachlan Burr. Ben Condon starts for Taumalolo while Ben Hampton is out to the wing and Jake Granville into the centres alongside Daejarn Asi. Jeremiah Nani and Griffin Neame are two new faces on the bench. Conversely, Michael Maguire has been able to name the same Tigers 17 that beat the Bulldogs.
The Tigers are coming off a win and playing a Cowboys side on an eight-game losing streak with Taumalolo now sitting on the sideline. To a Tigers fan, that is a recipe for disaster. If there is a team that knows how to lose games they’re expected to win, it’s the Tigers.
Still, their attack looks a lot better as the weeks go by. Adam Doueihi is one of the best five-eighths in the game and Luke Brooks is doing enough in his role to suggest he may yet become a consistent first grader. While the Cowboys spine have struggled for consistency with the ball, they haven’t often been given the platform to attack from. That looks set to change this week.
The two sides match up relatively well to start but the Cowboys bench looks the most likely to pack some punch either side of halftime. From there, Scott Drinkwater, Valentine Holmes and an improving Tom Dearden can begin to apply some pressure. The Tigers have folded in those situations more often than not this year.