Cowboys v Broncos PREVIEW

NORTH QUEENSLAND TOYOTA COWBOYS v BRISBANE BRONCOS
Round 3, 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership
7.35pm, Friday 20 March, Suncorp Stadium

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Referee
: Gerard Sutton, Grant Atkins
Sideline officials: Brett Suttor, Michael Wise
Video referees: Steve Chiddy, Luke Patton
Broadcast: Ch 9/WIN live Qld, delayed 9.30pm NSW; 4TOFM, NRL Digital Pass
Times: Gates open 5.15pm | NYC Cowboys v Broncos 5.20pm

TEAMS

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Justin O’Neill 3. Matthew Wright 4. Kane Linnett 5. Kyle Feldt. 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston 8. Matt Scott 9. Rory Kostjasyn 10. Ben Hannant 11. Gavin Cooper. 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Jake Granville 15. Kelepi Tanginoa 16. Scott Bolton 17. James Tamou 18. John Asiata.

Broncos: 1. Jordan Kahu 2. Corey Oates 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges 5. Lachlan Maranta 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Josh McGuire 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Adam Blair 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker. Interchange: 14. Jarrod Wallace 15. Jo Ofenguae 16. Sam Thaiday 17. Kodi Nikorima.

CASUALTY WARD

Cowboys: Nil
Broncos: Dale Copley (hamstring), Mitchell Dodds (calf), Darius Boyd (Achilles)

MATCH FACTS

  • Kane Linnett will play his 100th NRL game on Friday night. The 26-year-old made his debut for the Roosters back in 2010 before joining the Cowboys two years later.
  • Gavin Cooper has scored four tries in his last four games against the Brisbane boys.
  • Last time they met, North Queensland won 32-20 in the 2014 qualifying final in Townsville. 
  • The Broncos have won 6 of their past 9 games at Suncorp Stadium.

MATCH UPS

James Tamou v Sam Thaiday

They are both Origin and Test players and have become impact players off the bench for their respective teams.

Both have points to prove and would love nothing more than a dominant performance against their Queensland rival.

COACHES' VIEW

Cowboys coach Paul Green: “We need a win and we need to concentrate on our jobs. But as a team we aren’t focusing too much on that stuff (the rivalry)."

Broncos coach Wayne Bennett on his opponents: "There wasn't much in their last game, it could have gone their way. A couple of passes haven't stuck for them - if they did it would have been a different result."