Johnathan Thurston | Photo: Charles Knight, nrlphotos.com

Winning Cowboys side to back up

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys coach Paul Green has named a virtually unchanged 18-man squad for Friday’s NRL Queensland derby against the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

Front-rower Ashton Sims, who was 18th man against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday night, has been added to the interchange bench with a decision on the final 17 to come later in the week.

The Cowboys will hold two on-field training sessions this week before heading to Brisbane on Thursday afternoon.

Both teams are coming off first-round wins, both by six-point margins – 28-22 against Canberra for the Cowboys and 18-12 for the Broncos against Canterbury.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Brisbane Broncos
Round 2, 2014 Telstra Premiership
7.40pm, Friday 14 March, Suncorp Stadium

1 Michael Morgan
2 Kyle Feldt
3 Brent Tate
4 Kane Linnett
5 Antonio Winterstein
6 Johnathan Thurston (c)
7 Robert Lui
8 Matt Scott (c)
9 Ray Thompson
10 James Tamou
11 Gavin Cooper
12 Jason Taumalolo
13 Joel Riethmuller

Interchange (one to be omitted):
14 Rory Kostjasyn
15 Tariq Sims
16 Glenn Hall
17 Scott Bolton
18 Ashton Sims 

Coach: Paul Green