Sims to return for crucial clash

Back-rower Tariq Sims will return from a one-game suspension when the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys face South Sydney in round 24 of the NRL at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Coach Paul Green has named Sims in his starting forward pack with Gavin Cooper reverting to an interchange bench role.

Ethan Lowe has been omitted from the team that lost 23-22 to Penrith on Monday night but will remain in camp with his teammates in Sydney.

The Cowboys dropped to seventh place on the NRL ladder after losing for the first time in five weeks, while the Rabbitohs, who were beaten by North Queensland in Townsville in round 16, are on a five-match winning streak that has taken them to second place.

North Queensland’s last visit to ANZ Stadium resulted in a 20-12 victory against Canterbury in round 20.

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v South Sydney Rabbitohs
Round 24, 2014 Telstra Premiership
7.30pm, Saturday 23 August, ANZ 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

Interchange:
14 Ray Thompson
15 Scott Bolton
16 Gavin Cooper
17 Sam Hoare

Coach: Paul Green

NORTHERN PRIDE: Ethan Lowe, Hezron Murgha, Ricky Thorby, Kyle Feldt, Javid Bowen, Patrick Kaufusi

MACKAY CUTTERS: Curtis Rona, Zac Santo, Anthony Mitchell, John Asiata

INJURED: Brent Tate, James Tamou, Lachlan Coote, Cameron King, Ben Spina, Joel Riethmuller