Cowboys v Warriors
Round 6, Saturday, April 20,
Mt Smart Stadium
Looking ahead: Just one meeting for the Cowboys and Warriors after clashing twice in 2018. North Queensland travel to New Zealand to battle the Warriors in Round 6 – the first of two away games in six days for Paul Green's men.
Warriors' changes: The Warriors enter 2019 with virtually the same side which secured a top eight berth in 2018. Retired club legend Simon Mannering is the only big-name departure, with young playmaker Mason Lino also departing. Veteran prop Leeson Ah Mau will head home to New Zealand after a successful stint with the Dragons.
'Tatey says': "I'd like to think they will build on what they did this year in 2019. I think they would have got a lot of confidence out of this season. They've signed Issac Luke for another 12 months, which I think is a really big plus for them. If they can keep him, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Shaun Johnson on the field together they'll be really strong.
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Looking back: The two sides met twice in the 2018 season, with the Warriors claiming victory in both Round 5 and Round 15.
Head-to-head: Played 39; Cowboys 19 wins, Warriors 20 wins
Last 5 meetings:
2018, Round 15: Warriors def. Cowboys 23-16
2018, Round 5: Warriors def. Cowboys 22-12
2017, Round 20: Cowboys def. Warriors 24-12
2016, Round 24: Cowboys def. Warriors 34-6
2015, Round 24: Cowboys de. Warriors 50-16
Finish – NRL ladder: Cowboys 13th v Warriors 8th