You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content
Five things to know: Round 12 v Panthers

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys travel to Sydney on Friday to face Penrith at Panthers Stadium.

1. BIG SHOES TO FILL

Cowboys skipper Jason Taumalolo and star winger Kyle Feldt have been ruled out of the Panthers clash. Coen Hess replaces Taumalolo in the No.13 jersey, while Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow slots on to the wing for Feldt. Taumalolo is hopeful for returning next week, while Feldt is facing six weeks on the sideline.

2. TURNING THE TIDE

The Cowboys will be looking to overturn a three-game losing streak against the Panthers on Friday night. North Queensland’s last victory against Penrith came in Round 23 of the 2019 season at 1300SMILES Stadium with Feldt crossing for a double. Penrith lead the overall head to head matchup 23-19.

3. BACK IN THE FOLD

Jake Granville and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown have been named for their first games in the top grade since Round 7 and Round 5 respectively. Granville has been in impressive form for the Mackay Cutters, while Taunoa-Brown produced a barnstorming performance for the Northern Pride last weekend, running for 241 metres from 22 carries.

4. ON THE ROAD

North Queensland embark on a two-game road trip over the next two rounds. Following Friday’s blockbuster clash against the Panthers, the Cowboys battle the Gold Coast next Thursday night with both teams to be without any State of Origin players.

5. STATS UPDATE

Valentine Holmes is closing in on injured competition-leading point scorer Ryan Papenhuyzen. Holmes’ 107 points trails the Melbourne fullback by just 20 points. The Cowboys centre is averaging almost 10 points a game this season and is on track to become the first Cowboy to break the 200-point barrier since Johnathan Thurston in 2016. Jeremiah Nanai is tied for second with 10 tries from 11 games. Injured skipper Jason Taumalolo sits third in the NRL with 720 post-contact metres, while Chad Townsend is second with 13 try assists.

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

Principal Partner

Platinum Partners

Major Partners

VIEW ALL PARTNERS