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The inclusion of back-rower John Asiata on a five-man interchange bench is the only alteration to the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ squad for the round 22 meeting with Wests Tigers at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday night.

Ashton Sims continues in the starting front-row with Test and Origin prop James Tamou again unavailable as he works on regaining full strength in his arm after aggravating a neck complaint against Canterbury in round 20.

Now in seventh position on the NRL ladder, and just a win outside the top four, the Cowboys will be chasing a fourth straight victory, and eight in a row at home.

Saturday night’s clash will be the Cowboys’ annual Members Match, highlighting the great contribution a record 12,005 members in 2014 make to the club.

Kick off will be at 7.30pm.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Wests Tigers
Round 22, 2014 Telstra Premiership
7.30pm, Saturday 9 August, 1300SMILES Stadium

1 Michael Morgan
2 Tautau Moga
3 Matthew Wright
4 Kane Linnett
5 Antonio Winterstein
6 Robert Lui
7 Johnathan Thurston (c)
8 Matt Scott (c)
9 Rory Kostjasyn
10 Ashton Sims
11 Tariq Sims
12 Jason Taumalolo
13 Glenn Hall

14 Ray Thompson
15 Scott Bolton
16 Gavin Cooper
17 Sam Hoare
18 John Asiata

Coach: Paul Green

NORTHERN PRIDE: Ethan Lowe, Hezron Murgha, Ricky Thorby, Kyle Feldt, Ben Spina, Joel Riethmuller

MACKAY CUTTERS: Curtis Rona, Zac Santo, Anthony Mitchell

INJURED: Brent Tate, James Tamou, Lachlan Coote, Cameron King, Javid Bowen

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.