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Five things you need to know: Round 20 v Sea Eagles

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys travel to Sydney to face the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles on Saturday evening.


Todd Payten has named his seven State of Origin representatives in the 17 to face Manly on Saturday. Tom Dearden and Scott Drinkwater were 18th men for Queensland and NSW respectively and look set to suit up for the Cowboys, while a decision will be made on Valentine Holmes, Murray Taulagi, Reuben Cotter, Jeremiah Nanai and Reece Robson following Captain’s Run on Friday.


After a lean run against the Sea Eagles, North Queensland rebounded to break a four-match losing streak in the lone meeting between the two sides in 2022. Trailing by 14 inside the final 10 minutes, the Cowboys scored three tries in four minutes to claim the unlikeliest of victories. Manly leads the overall match-up 20-14.


Cowboys fullback Scott Drinkwater has been one of the form players in the NRL over the past two months. In his previous seven matches, Drinkwater has registered a massive 17 try assists, to go with five tries of his own.


The Cowboys will be searching for their fifth consecutive win on Saturday. If triumphant over the Sea Eagles, it would be North Queensland’s second streak of at least five wins in as many seasons, following a six-game streak between Rounds 6-11 in 2022.


Valentine Holmes remains second on the point-scoring ladder despite the bye last weekend. Holmes sits on 152 points, 19 behind leader Jamayne Isaako. Chad Townsend’s three field goals are the second most in the NRL, one shy of Penrith’s Nathan Cleary. Townsend’s 7,795 kicking metres and 252 total kicks are second in the NRL. Scott Drinkwater leads the NRL with 21 try assists and also ranks third with 23 line-break assists, two behind Nicho Hynes of Cronulla. Reece Robson’s 675 tackles are fourth in the competition.

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.