In-form Asiata set to start

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys head coach Paul Green has promoted John Asiata to the starting line-up to replace superstar lock Jason Taumalolo for Saturday night's clash with the Cronulla Sharks at Southern Cross Group Stadium.

With Taumalolo serving a one-game suspension, Green has turned to Asiata to fill the No.13 jersey against Cronulla.

Asiata has been in strong form since returning from a long injury layoff in Round 18, splitting time between the starting side and the interchange.

Speedster Gideon Gela-Mosby holds his spot on the wing after a promising season debut against Brisbane last week.

The 20-year-old showcased his blinding turn of foot to swoop on a Te Maire Martin grubber to open the scoring and was solid carting the ball out of his own end.

Forward Francis Molo has been named to make his first appearance in the top grade since Round 16, replacing Asiata on the interchange.

After missing last week's win over Brisbane through concussion, Shaun Fensom has been named on the reserves alongside forward Ethan Lowe, half Kyle Laybutt and outside back Enari Tuala.

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Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Valentine Holmes
    Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Te Maire Martin
  • Winger for Sharks is number 2 Sosaia Feki
    Winger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
  • Centre for Sharks is number 3 Jesse Ramien
    Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Justin O'Neill
  • Centre for Sharks is number 4 Ricky Leutele
    Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Kane Linnett
  • Winger for Sharks is number 5 Josh Dugan
    Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Gideon Gela-Mosby
  • Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 6 Matt Moylan
    Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Jake Clifford
  • Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Johnathan Thurston

Forwards

  • Prop for Sharks is number 8 Andrew Fifita
    Prop for Cowboys is number 17 Scott Bolton
  • Hooker for Sharks is number 15 James Segeyaro
    Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Jake Granville
  • Prop for Sharks is number 10 Matt Prior
    Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Jordan McLean
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 11 Luke Lewis
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Gavin Cooper
  • 2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Scott Sorensen
    2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Coen Hess
  • Lock for Sharks is number 13 Paul Gallen
    Lock for Cowboys is number 13 John Asiata

Interchange

  • Interchange for Sharks is number 14 Kurt Capewell
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 14 Ben Hampton
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 16 Aaron Woods
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Francis Molo
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Jayson Bukuya
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Corey Jensen
  • Interchange for Sharks is number 18 Joseph Paulo
    Interchange for Cowboys is number 18 Ethan Lowe