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The state of Queensland may be feeling blue after representative week but the Cowboys and Broncos should restore some pride with one of the games of the round on Saturday night. 

Not since 2016 will the local Queensland derby have so much hype in the lead-up with North Queensland sitting in third spot on the Telstra Premiership ladder and Brisbane nicely placed in fifth. 

With a host of players taking part in Origin II and across the rep weekend, both side's have also benefitted from the bye week and will be fresh ahead of the Queensland derby. 

The corresponding clash in round three belonged to the Cowboys in a six tries to two romp at Suncorp Stadium. 

Brisbane have responded since then, winning nine of their past 12 matches.

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The Rundown

Team news

Cowboys: Kyle Feldt is a late inclusion after overcoming a knee injury, coming onto the wing for Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, who reverts to the bench. Back-rower Tom Gilbert is back from an eye injury so Jamayne Taunoa-Brown goes back to the bench. New recruit Luciano Leilua will make his club debut and play his 100th NRL game. 

Broncos: There are no late changes for the visitors. A huge boost with captain Adam Reynolds returning from a rib injury while Blues prop Payne Haas will play despite suffering an ankle injury in Origin. Ezra Mam will remain at five-eighth with Tyson Gamble dropping out of the reserves.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Cowboys is number 1 Scott Drinkwater
    Fullback for Broncos is number 1 Te Maire Martin
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 5 Murray Taulagi
    Winger for Broncos is number 2 Corey Oates
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 3 Valentine Holmes
    Centre for Broncos is number 3 Kotoni Staggs
  • Centre for Cowboys is number 4 Peta Hiku
    Centre for Broncos is number 4 Brenko Lee
  • Winger for Cowboys is number 22 Kyle Feldt
    Winger for Broncos is number 5 Selwyn Cobbo
  • Five-Eighth for Cowboys is number 6 Tom Dearden
    Five-Eighth for Broncos is number 6 Ezra Mam
  • Halfback for Cowboys is number 7 Chad Townsend
    Halfback for Broncos is number 7 Adam Reynolds

Forwards

  • Prop for Cowboys is number 8 Jordan McLean
    Prop for Broncos is number 8 Corey Jensen
  • Hooker for Cowboys is number 9 Reece Robson
    Hooker for Broncos is number 9 Billy Walters
  • Prop for Cowboys is number 10 Coen Hess
    Prop for Broncos is number 10 Payne Haas
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 11 Tom Gilbert
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 11 Kurt Capewell
  • 2nd Row for Cowboys is number 12 Jeremiah Nanai
    2nd Row for Broncos is number 12 Jordan Riki
  • Lock for Cowboys is number 13 Jason Taumalolo
    Lock for Broncos is number 13 Patrick Carrigan

Interchange

  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 2 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow
    Interchange for Broncos is number 14 Jake Turpin
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 15 Luciano Leilua
    Interchange for Broncos is number 15 Kobe Hetherington
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 16 Jamayne Taunoa-Brown
    Interchange for Broncos is number 16 Thomas Flegler
  • Interchange for Cowboys is number 17 Griffin Neame
    Interchange for Broncos is number 17 Keenan Palasia

Reserves

  • Replacement for Cowboys is number 14 Jake Granville
    Replacement for Broncos is number 18 Jordan Pereira

Match Officials

  • Referee: Adam Gee
  • Touch Judge: Belinda Sharpe
  • Senior Review Official: Grant Atkins

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Key match-up

Tom Dearden v Ezra Mam: Both former teammates in the lower grades at the Broncos, former playmaker Dearden has taken his game to a whole new level alongside Chad Townsend in North Queensland. Dearden has nine try assists for the year to go with five tries of his own and five forced dropouts. It's his running game that's been pivotal for the Cowboys with the 21-year-old averaging at least 87 metres per game. Mam, who has three tries in four NRL games, has burst onto the scene since making his debut in round 11 and will be looking to make the five-eighth spot his own alongside Adam Reynolds for the remainder of the year.

Stat Attack

The Broncos (275) have more ineffective tackles than any other team in the competition while the Cowboys are ranked best in this area with just 182 after 15 rounds. While Brisbane's average per game hasn't changed too much on their recent seasons, North Queensland have gone from worst to best in this department to easily be the most improved team in 2022.

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.

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