Round 13 team named to play Eels
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys coach Paul Green has stuck with a winning formula in naming an unchanged team to take on Parramatta in their round 13 NRL clash at Pirtek Stadium next Monday night.
Green has named an 18-man squad, with all players involved in the thrilling round 12 win over Manly at 1300SMILES Stadium included in the team.
The Cowboys scored a try in the 79th minute against the Sea Eagles to snatch a late victory and extend their history-making winning streak to nine matches.
The team currently sits at third place on the NRL ladder – on for-and-against – with a nine-win, three-loss record.
The Cowboys, Broncos and Dragons are all on 18 competition points.
“Fortunately we haven’t been forced to make any changes. We got away with a win (against Manly), but we need to be a little bit better in a few areas,’’ Green said of his team for the Monday Night Football encounter.
The Cowboys have already won three times in Monday night games this season, with victories over the Storm, Panthers and the Rabbitohs kicking off the team’s winning run of matches.
The Cowboys have dropped just one match on the road in 2015 – against the Broncos in round three – while they have a perfect record of three wins from three games in Sydney in triumphing over the Panthers, Rabbitohs and Tigers.
“I don’t think it really matters when and where we play, the boys know how to be consistent,” Green said.
The coach is confident winger Antonio Winterstein will be ruled fit to take his place on Monday night after leaving the field in the Sea Eagles match under the NRL’s concussion rules, while five-eighth Michael Morgan continues to manage a sore ankle.
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys v Parramatta Eels
Round 13, 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership
7pm, Monday 8 June, Pirtek Stadium
Times: Gates open 5.15pm
NYC: 2pm, Saturday 6 June, McCredie Park, Guildford
1 Lachlan Coote
2 Matthew Wright
3 Justin O'Neill
4 Kane Linnett
5 Antonio Winterstein
6 Michael Morgan
7 Johnathan Thurston (c)
8 Matthew Scott (c)
9 Jake Granville
10 James Tamou
11 Gavin Cooper
12 Ethan Lowe
13 Jason Taumalolo
14 Ray Thompson
15 John Asiata
16 Ben Hannant
17 Sam Hoare
19 Rory Kostjasyn
Coach: Paul Green