Magic Round will be partying like 2005 by the time the Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys take to the field in the final game to be played at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
The final match of the special event wraps up round 10 with the Cowboys looking to extend their winning run against a Wests Tigers side that have taken a few steps backwards in recent weeks after putting two wins together.
The joint venture, however, enjoy Magic Round more than their opponents.
They've beaten the Knights and Panthers in the past two concepts and despite the Cowboys well-placed on the ladder, the Tigers have shown they can spring an upset.
North Queensland have been the surprise packets of the 2022 season, firing on all cylinders with halves Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden enjoy the freedom in attack behind a forward pack that is getting back to its glory days.
The two sides have met on 40 occasions since 1998 with the Cowboys leading the head-to-head battle 23-17.
There were two close encounters between the sides last year with the Tigers winning at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in round 22.
Sportsbet Betting preview: Wests Tigers v Cowboys
Wests Tigers: Junior Tupou will make his NRL debut on the wing and Tyrone Peachey comes into the centres after Oliver Gildart (calf) and Asu Kepaoa (COVID) were ruled out. Junior Pauga moves from the starting side to the bench on game day with Peachey taking his spot. Luciano Leilua had been named to make a return against his future side. Alex Seyfarth switches back to the bench with Thomas Mikaele (head knock) out. Ken Maumalo will play despite failing a HIA last week.
Cowboys: The Cowboys are 1-17 with no late changes. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow will come off the bench for a third-straight week with the backline firing ahead of the Wests Tigers showdown. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown is 18th man.
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Starford To'aFullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott Drinkwater
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Ken MaumaloWinger for Cowboys is number 2 Kyle Feldt
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Luke GarnerCentre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine Holmes
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tyrone PeacheyCentre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta Hiku
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 23 Junior TupouWinger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Luke BrooksFive-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom Dearden
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Jackson HastingsHalfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad Townsend
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 James TamouProp for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLean
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 9 Jake SimpkinHooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Zane MusgroveProp for Cowboys is number 10 Reuben Cotter
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Kelma Tuilagi2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Tom Gilbert
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Luciano Leilua2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Joe OfahengaueLock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Alex TwalInterchange for Cowboys is number 14 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Alex SeyfarthInterchange for Cowboys is number 15 Heilum Luki
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Stefano UtoikamanuInterchange for Cowboys is number 16 Coen Hess
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 22 Junior PaugaInterchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin Neame
Replacement for Wests Tigers is number 19 Jock MaddenReplacement for Cowboys is number 18 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
- Referee: Gerard Sutton
- Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
- Touch Judge: Dave Munro
- Senior Review Official: Chris Butler
Joe Ofahengaue v Jason Taumalolo: International teammates when donning a Tongan jersey, these two pair of locks go head-to-head in a middle battle that will play a major part in the result on Sunday. Taumalolo has found his groove under a new role with Todd Payten this season where his minutes are limited but his impact remains. Ofahengaue is having his best season statistically since 2019 to make the No.13 jersey his own this year.
The Cowboys have scored 215 points to start the season, ranking them fourth behind the Panthers, Storm and Eels, but it's not through their second phase play. North Queensland have made just 66 offloads at an average of 7.3 per game, ranking them 14th in the competition. The Wests Tigers have made an extra 30 to rank seventh, just a few shy of remarkably Newcastle and Canterbury, proving not all offload work results in points.
Match: Wests Tigers v Cowboys
Round 10 -
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane