Queensland Country Bank Stadium will play host to Friday’s Round 14 NRL game between North Queensland Cowboys and St. George Illawarra Dragons. The game kicks off at 7:55 pm with North Queensland Cowboys heading into the game as favourites with the bookmakers. Continue reading for our in-depth preview of the North Queensland Cowboys vs. St. George Illawarra Dragons game and give you our free tips and bets.
When: Friday June 10, 2022 at 7:55 pm
Where: Queensland Country Bank Stadium
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North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Preview
North Queensland consolidated its top-four standing in Round 13 with a dominant 32-6 defeat of Gold Coast without a handful of Maroons stars. Scott Drinkwater’s fullback renaissance continued and the 9-4 Cowboys’ fill-ins were excellent.
Todd Payten has named the same 17, with Valentine Holmes, Jeremiah Nanai, Tom Dearden and Reuben Cotter to be assessed post-Origin with this fixture only 48 hours after the series opener.
St George Illawarra, which had its bye last weekend, has named Queensland hooker and Dally M leader Ben Hunt to back up at halfback and NSW back-rower Tariq Sims in the starting pack.
The 6-6 Dragons are on the cusp of the Top 8 after winning five of their last seven. But they have unmistakably picked off the low-hanging fruit – an Anzac Day upset of the Roosters is their only victory over a team currently higher than 12th.
The Saints made hard work of wins over the Warriors (24-18) and Bulldogs (34-24) in their last two. On the plus side, Cody Ramsey’s shift to fullback has been a slam-dunk, while Zac Lomax is in devastating touch.
The teams split their 2021 encounters: St George Illawarra got up 25-18 in Townsville in Round 2, while North Queensland bagged a 38-26 late-season victory in Rockhampton.
The Cowboys boast the second-best defence in the NRL and have scored 30-plus points in six of their past seven. The Origin factor plays into the Dragons’ hands (Hunt’s availability pending) but the Cowboys will be confident in their back-up players doing the job again if required.
Four of the six 2022 visitors to Townsville have managed just one try. The line is surprisingly big (14 points) but the hosts are absolutely flying and should get the job done.
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North Queensland Cowboys vs St. George Illawarra Dragons Teams
Cowboys team: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Brendan Elliot 3. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Ben Hampton 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Heilum Luki 13. Jason Taumalolo 14. Jake Granville 15. Connelly Lemuelu 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame 18. Ben Condon 19. Tom Dearden 20. Jeremiah Nanai 21. Kane Bradley 22. Reuben Cotter 23. Valentine Holmes 24. Brendan Frei
Dragons team: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jack de Belin 14. Andrew McCullough 15. Aaron Woods 16. Michael Molo 17. Jayden Sullivan 18. Josh Mcguire 19. Jaydn Su’A 20. Jonathon Reuben 21. Jaiyden Hunt 22. Josh Kerr